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MN Budget Talks Resume, But No Movement On K-12 Spending

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Lead Republican lawmakers for a schools spending bill say they’re disappointed Gov. Mark Dayton didn’t meet with them on Monday.

Instead they met with members of Dayton’s administration in the first of a series of budget talks proposed by GOP leaders.

Top Republicans meet later Monday with the Democratic governor expecting them to offer a new position on state spending.

Dayton has said the success of negotiations will depend on reaching an overall spending agreement that includes new revenue.

Rep. Pat Garofalo and Sen. Gen Olson say they wanted to discuss K-12 spending directly with the governor. Democratic lawmakers who attended say not much could be resolved without a full budget deal.

Without a new budget by the end of June, most of state government would shut down July 1.

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

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