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Dayton says he'll stand firm on more school spending, even if it takes lawmakers into overtime


ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Gov. Mark Dayton says he's standing firm in his insistence that lawmakers spend more on schools and less on potential tax cuts, even if it means a special session.

Dayton told The Associated Press late Friday that he'll accept no less than $550 million in fresh spending for schools, including some step toward universal preschool for 4-year-olds.

Top House and Senate lawmakers announced a tentative budget deal Friday that pumps an extra $400 million into education that leaves out Dayton's preschool initiative. Dayton said the announcement represented a bad-faith turn in negotiations.

Dayton argues lawmakers can find the money in a $1 billion pot being set aside for potential tax cuts and transportation spending.

Democratic Senate and Republican House leaders say they'll press ahead with their plan.

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