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Political Notebook: GOP asks gov. to enter state budget talks

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ST. PAUL -- Republicans who took control of the Minnesota Legislature in last year's election constantly have said they are moving more quickly than previous lawmakers.

And while they did pass initial budget bills earlier than normal, the question now is when there will be a deal with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

"I don't have them," the governor said Friday about spending bills that are being negotiated between the House and Senate.

"I'm available," he said.

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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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