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Gov. Mark Dayton announces Monday that he will accept a tax increase half as large as he originally wanted. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Final budget talks open with Dayton movement; McNamara says 'big divide' still there

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ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton Monday morning told Republicans he would cut his tax increase plan in half, but said that is as far as he will go.


Republican legislative leaders left the meeting saying they never will agree to a tax increase.

In that case, Dayton told reporters, Republicans need to come up with other new revenue to balance the state budget.

"I will go halfway," Dayton said. "I won't go further."

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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.