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Dayton opens budget talks offering to chop his tax increase

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ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton this morning told Republicans he would cut his tax increase plan in half, but said that is as far as he will go.

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Republican legislative leaders left the meeting saying they never will agree to a tax increase.

In that case, Dayton told reporters, Republicans need to come up with other new revenue to balance the state budget.

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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.
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