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No Budget Deal Makes Minnesota Special Session Certain

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ST. PAUL  (AP) – A special session for Minnesota lawmakers is a certainty after the Legislature adjourned without a budget deal between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the House and Senate.

It wasn’t known yet when Dayton would call lawmakers back to St. Paul.

Failure to pass a state budget by the end of June would force a state government shutdown at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. It could leave no funding for state parks and highway rest stops along with many other state offices and services.

The House and Senate adjourned in the final minutes of Monday night, their constitutional deadline.

Dayton did not veto any of the Legislature’s budget bills by Monday, but was expected to begin doing so Tuesday.

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

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