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Shutdown Day 14: Budget talks back on after Dayton drops tax hike

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MINNEAP0LIS -- Gov. Mark Dayton says ending the state government shutdown is so important that he is willing to drop his long-held demand to increase taxes on Minnesota's top earners.

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His announcement this morning was convincing enough to Republicans who control the Legislature to agree to meet with him this afternoon. Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, have met less than two hours since the shutdown began on July 1.

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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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