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Gov. Mark Dayton leads DFL legislative leaders and key aides into budget talks Tuesday morning. Photo by Tom Olmscheid/ House Public Information Office

Three days to shutdown: secret talks and public sparring

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ST. PAUL -- Three days remain before a potential state government shutdown and negotiators still are saying little about budget talks while their aides are arguing about whether letters are political.

Gov. Mark Dayton led fellow Democrats into a Capitol negotiation session today with Republican legislative leaders in an attempt to avoid a shutdown, which would come if there is no budget for the two years beginning Friday.

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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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