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Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters on Tuesday that he will continue meeting with Republican leaders in an attempt to end a budget impasse and end a state government shutdown. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Budget talks resume with agreement to talk more


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state government is in a partial shutdown and the first budget negotiations in days resulted in nothing more than an agreement to meet again.

When Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was asked what can be done to reach a budget deal with Republican leaders, his only response was: "That's our challenge. ... We are out of possibilities at this point."

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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.