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Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Friday that he and legislative leaders made progress during daylong budget negotiations. They plan to return to the table for another marathon today. Tribune photo by Don Davis

'A very constructive day' in budget talks

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton, legislators and their staffs scurried to and fro throughout Friday and by the night the top budget negotiators said they made progress trying to avoid a government shutdown.


"We had a very constructive day," Gov. Mark Dayton said of the day-long budget talks and negotiators plan to continue marathon negotiations today.

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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.