Chairman Larry Howes of the House Capital Investment Committee conducts a meeting to fund flood-related projects in this May file photo. Howes met Dayton for lunch secretly earlier this week to discuss what Dayton could offer Republicans toward reaching a deal on the budget and ending the state government shutdown. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co., file photo)
Howes-Dayton meeting set stage for Minnesota budget deal
ST. PAUL -- A pair of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, with chips on the side, may have been just what the budget doctor ordered.
That was the menu for a secret 45-minute Monday lunch at St. Cloud's Jules Bistro between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker. Their meeting may have laid the groundwork for a state budget deal framework announced Thursday evening.
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