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Published May 19, 2011, 04:26 PM

With No Budget Deal, Dayton, GOP to Keep Talking

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top GOP lawmakers are holding out hope for a budget deal after Dayton addressed rank-and-file Republicans opposed to his income tax proposal.

By: Martiga Lohn, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top GOP lawmakers are holding out hope for a budget deal after Dayton addressed rank-and-file Republicans opposed to his income tax proposal.

The governor and legislative leaders spoke to reporters together after Thursday's meeting.

Dayton opened the meeting with prepared remarks telling Republicans they were unwilling to assume the responsibilities of leadership.

But both sides say the meeting was "constructive." GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers says there's agreement about finishing the session on time by Monday's deadline.

Dayton says he will meet Friday with legislative negotiators focused on spending for public schools and state agencies.

His position has been to reject individual budget bills without an overall deal. The Legislature passed most of their budget this week; Senate votes are pending on three last bills.

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