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Dayton cuts tax hike, but no budget progress

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ST. PAUL -- The two sides in Minnesota's budget conflict agree on one thing: They are in no mood to negotiate away issues they hold dear in the remaining seven days of the 2011 legislative session.

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday announced he would cut in half the tax increase he wanted, which prompted Republican lawmakers to pack a Capitol room later in the day to make it clear they will accept no tax increase, even a smaller one.

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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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