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State leaders begin marathon negotiation on state budget

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ST. PAUL -- House Speaker Kurt Zellers cheerily welcomed the governor and other legislative leaders to his office this morning as two days of intensive budget talks began a week before state government could shut down if they are not successful.


Neither Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton nor Republican legislative leaders gave a hint that anything new would come out of the talks.

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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.