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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announces Thursday that he will accept a budget offer earlier presented by Republicans that does not include an income tax increase he wanted. The announcement spurred a new negotiating session within a couple hours.

UPDATE: Lillie says announcement has 'potential for breakthrough'

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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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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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