ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As far as Gov. Mark Dayton is concerned, Senate Republicans can keep their offices where they’re at.

Dayton commented Tuesday on a declaration by GOP senators that they’d forego a move to the new Senate Office Building when it opens early next year. The Republicans say relocating isn’t worth the cost or hassle for what is expected to be a short 2016 legislative session and that they’re content in a nearby building.

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Dayton says there are costs to senators moving and staying put. He says he’s instructed his Department of Administration to “let the senators stay where they want to stay.”

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The building has been a political issue since it was authorized in 2013 and Republicans have used it as a campaign argument against Democrats.

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