- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton hopes to announce Thursday whether he will order Essar Steel Minnesota to pay back $66 million in state incentives.

Dayton has been pressuring the steel company to quickly repay private Minnesota vendors or risk him seeking immediate reimbursement of the state note.

The governor threatened earlier this week to reclaim the money if Essar didn’t pay its vendors in full by the end of business on Wednesday. Essar has struggled to open a proposed $1.8 billion iron ore processing plant in northeastern Minnesota.

Dayton said Wednesday that Esser not paying its bills “is just really inexcusable and unacceptable” and has hurt several Minnesota businesses.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1OyEdd8 ) reports Essar could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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