Dayton expects contract to go down

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said he expects Republican legislators to reject a state worker contract his administration negotiated.

“The political grandstanding from the top row of the bleaches will almost require that,” he said.

Republicans say raises in the contract are too large. The contract would give 2 percent raises, but require workers to pay more for health insurance.

Dayton said most Republicans voted for more generous contracts during GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s tenure.

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