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Paper Trail: letter from GOP chair urges local leaders to join budget debate

On Wednesday state GOP chair Tony Sutton sent out an email to local Republican leaders across the state imploring them to engage the debate over the budget impasse at the Capitol. The "action plan memo" calls on GOP activists to create a grassroots campaign to counteract the $500,000 to $1 million advertising campaign that Alliance for a Better Minnesota is bankrolling to support DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan.

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Dayton vetoes all nine GOP budget bills

One day after the close of the legislative session, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine budget bills passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Dayton's rejection of the Republican budget plan -- which eliminates the state's $5 billion budget deficit without any additional revenue -- sets up the prospect of a government shutdown when the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June.

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Legislature, Dayton fail to reach a budget deal

With labor protesters chanting loudly outside the Minnesota House and Senate chambers, the clock struck midnight and ended the 2011 regular legislative session Monday evening with no deal to solve the $5 billion budget deficit and wide divide between the GOP-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on how to close the gap.

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Dayton, legislative leaders continue to meet as special session looms

Gov. Mark Dayton is "extremely pessimistic" that there will be a budget deal prior to the scheduled midnight adjournment of the Legislature. In addition, Dayton stated that he doesn't expect to call the House and Senate back for a special session until the framework of a deal to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit is in place. Dayton addressed reporters with less than 12 hours left before the deadline.

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