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House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher tells reporters Tuesday that she hopes to pass a half-dozen budget bills on Wednesday. She and other legislative leaders met with Gov. Tim Pawlenty later in the day. (Bulletin photo by Don Davis)

Deep revenue differences remain

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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota legislative session could come to a smooth end if the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican governor could agree on a way to raise $1 billion.


There is no sign that is about to happen.

On Tuesday night, the costliest spending bills and revenue to fund them remained stumbling blocks to ending this year's session by Monday's constitutional deadline.

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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.