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Budget negotiators close in on deal


ST. PAUL -- Negotiators inched toward an overall state budget agreement Friday, with three days remaining in the 2007 Minnesota legislative session.

Little information leaked out from negotiations among legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, although there were signs of progress as lawmakers prepared for long hours wrapping up work on a two-year, $35 billion budget.

Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, remained optimistic negotiators could reach a deal soon.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.