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Dayton brings out veto pen

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May 24, 2013 at 6:22 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton has line-item vetoed to strike two provisions from a bill that distributes sales-tax money by way of state grants for the outdoors, parks and trails and arts and cultural programs.

Dayton released his veto letter on Thursday. He signed the $496 million state Legacy Fund bill, but removed $6.3 million for Twin Cities parks and $3 million to tribes and local governments to deal with aquatic invasive species.

Those two provisions were controversial because they weren't among recommendations from the state's Lessard-Sams Council, which reviews Legacy Fund applications.

Dayton admits in his letter that the vetoes meant reneging on a compromise with DFL legislative leaders. But he says he was bound by earlier promises to recreational groups that he would honor recommendations from the Lessard-Sams Council.

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