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Demonstrators gather outside the Minnesota Senate chambers Wednesday in St. Paul as lawmakers worked on balancing the state's budget. AP Photo/Jim Mone

Speaker of House says lawmakers will not be able to work out bills by tonight's deadline


ST. PAUL -- Forget about the deadlines.

That was the message Wednesday night from House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis.

Legislators earlier this year set today as the deadline for House and Senate ne-gotiators to work out differences in bills the two chambers passed to finance state programs.

That will not happen tonight, Kelliher admitted to a House-Senate commission.

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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.