Dayton wants a shot at federal grants

DFL candidate for governor Mark Dayton is asking the federal government to give Minnesota an extension to apply for health care grants.

Dayton made the request today in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In the letter, Dayton wrote that “extensions would enable Minnesota’s next governor to make informed decisions about all of these grant opportunities and would prevent the loss of important federal funds for our state.”

Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued an executive order a month ago preventing all state departments and agencies from applying for money available through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Republican governor also said he would try to block what he views as an intrusive federal mandate whenever possible during his final months in office.

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