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Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth tells his House Education Committee about Gov. Mark Dayton's education funding proposal on Tuesday. Watching is Tom Melcher of the State Education Department. Don Davis/Forum News Service

Early childhood education featured in Minnesota budget plan

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ST. PAUL -- Adding money to early childhood education and all-day kindergarten programs, as Gov. Mark Dayton suggests, is important to Minnesota's future, the state House education finance leader says.


"Those two programs really pay dividends into the future," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said Tuesday before he presented the Dayton budget proposal to his committee.

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