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Gov. Mark Dayton asked that the court-appointed special master recommend even more state programs be deemed critical services.

Dayton looks to broaden ‘critical services’

Gov. Mark Dayton

As the state’s government shutdown approached its fifth day, Gov. Mark Dayton asked that the court-appointed special master recommend even more state programs be deemed critical services, Politics in Minnesota’s Jake Grovum reports.

In a filing submitted Monday evening to Special Master Kathleen Blatz, the Dayton administration seems to have accepted a number of the arguments advocates made — and the administration pushed back against — in the first round of hearings that took place Friday.

Newly critical programs under Dayton’s filing would, for example, be HIV case management and counseling, special education funding, child care services, programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and services for homeless, disabled and vulnerable Minnesotans. See the full filing from the Dayton administration here.

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