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Published May 23, 2011, 04:05 AM

No Budget Deal in Sight on Last Day of MN Legislative Session

The final day of the Minnesota legislative session has arrived but there's no sign that Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP majorities are anywhere close to a deal on the state budget.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The final day of the Minnesota legislative session has arrived but there's no sign that Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP majorities are anywhere close to a deal on the state budget.

Lawmakers must adjourn their regular session by midnight Monday. If no two-year state budget is in place, that means Dayton must call a special session to finish the budget.

The state's current two-year budget cycle ends on June 30, and lack of a budget by then would force a state government shutdown. The last partial state shutdown was in 2005 when then-Gov. Pawlenty and Senate Democrats failed to reach a budget agreement in time to head it off.

Dayton and Republicans are entrenched in a dispute over the governor's desire to supplement the state budget with new revenue versus the GOP's insistence that the state has enough money.

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