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Dayton, GOP Make No Headway In Budget Meeting

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ST. PAUL (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders met for another unproductive budget negotiation as hopes fade for heading off a state government shutdown on July 1.

Both Dayton and GOP leaders said after the 90-minute meeting on Wednesday afternoon that they made no progress in bridging their fundamental split over how much the state should spend in its next two-year budget cycle.

Republicans say it shouldn’t be more than $34 billion, the amount the state is projected to collect in that time. The Democratic governor says that’s not enough to prevent what he says would be “draconian” cuts to state services. He wants to supplement it with $1.8 million in new revenue from tax increases or some other source.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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