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GOP eyes constitutional amendment on state spending in 2012

By most accounts, a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes was a key sweetener offered by House Republican leaders last summer in their efforts to entice the chamber’s most conservative members into voting for the budget deal that ended Minnesota’s historic government shutdown.

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Gov. Dayton reflects on government shutdown, Legislature and new Vikings stadium

Sitting down at the long, rectangular wooden table in the back of the governor’s reception room on Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton noted that the last time he had sat there was during the 20-day state government shutdown that ended in July.

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