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Legislative leaders said Monday afternoon that the 2009 legislative session was successful. From left are Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Photo by Don Davis.

Shouting ends deficit session

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ST. PAUL - Shouting matches ended the 2009 Minnesota legislative session early Tuesday as lawmakers struggled to balance the state budget.

Legislators failed to reach a deal with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but the Republican governor said he will finish the job.

The normally staid Senate adjourned for the year moments after its midnight deadline with Republicans shouting to be allowed to talk about a hastily introduced tax bill.

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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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