Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sat down with The Associated Press on Friday to talk about his state's government shutdown and his ongoing standoff with Republicans over taxes and the state budget. Here's a few quotes from Dayton:
_ On his disagreement with Republicans about how much the state should spend: "Most of the money the state collects doesn't go to a bureaucracy. It goes to the people of Minnesota, who need services _ education, health care and the like. This is about the people of Minnesota, it's not about state government."
_ On his demand that the wealthiest Minnesota residents pay higher taxes: "I remember a family meeting 15 years ago, my uncle Ken Dayton looked at our collective family situation improving over the year before. Therefore, our total taxes paid went up. One of my cousins complained about our taxes going up. My uncle Ken looked him square in the eye and said, `We should want to pay more taxes. That means we're making more money.'"
_ On who loses politically in a shutdown: "I think the Republican majorities in the House and Senate and I will all suffer politically. I told them at the very beginning of session, I told their leaders, we can either make each other look good or we can make each other look bad. Our political fortunes are kind of inexplicably tied together here."
_ On what it's like to preside over the shutdown that started Friday after budget talks with Republican leaders fell apart the night before: "Yesterday was probably the worst day in my six months (as governor). Today isn't much better. It's quieter. You know, I take this very, very seriously _ the effect on peoples' lives, their livelihoods, the services that people need. People had their vacations planned and taken away from them. So I can't say it's fun right now."
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