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Dayton: Administration won't interfere with Senate Republican decision to resist building move


ST. PAUL, Minnesota — As far as Gov. Mark Dayton is concerned, Senate Republicans can keep their offices where they're at.

Dayton commented Tuesday on a declaration by GOP senators that they'd forgo a move to the new Senate Office Building when it opens early next year. The Republicans say relocating isn't worth the cost or hassle for what is expected to be a short 2016 legislative session and that they're content in a nearby building.

Dayton says there are costs to senators moving and staying put. He says he's instructed his Department of Administration to "let the senators stay where they want to stay."

The building has been a political issue since it was authorized in 2013 and Republicans have used it as a campaign argument against Democrats.

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