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Published May 23, 2011, 01:59 PM

Dayton 'Pessimistic' On Last Day of MN Session

Gov. Mark Dayton says he's "extremely pessimistic" about a budget breakthrough with less than 12 hours left in the legislative session.

By: Martiga Lohn, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he's "extremely pessimistic" about a budget breakthrough with less than 12 hours left in the legislative session.

The Democratic governor made the comment Monday on Minnesota Public Radio.

He has been meeting with Republican lawmakers with no movement on their basic conflict over taxes and spending.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel (mish-ELL') says Republicans still hope Dayton will sign their budget bills into law.

Dayton has ruled that out. He says he won't act on the bills on Monday, when the Legislature faces a midnight deadline to adjourn.

Without a new two-year state budget in place, Dayton will have to call a special session. Much of state government would shut down starting in July without a new budget.

The dispute pits Dayton's plan to raise new tax money against Republicans' insistence that the state has enough money.

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