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Dayton, GOP give up nothing, blame each other for shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1.


The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent. Dayton said he cannot live with that and would rather endure a shutdown.

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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.