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Gearin to hear additional shutdown claims

Armed with what they see as a more nuanced argument than Gearin considered in her original shutdown ruling, the two horseracing tracks and the zoo are making a fight to avoid having to close if the budget impasse at the Capitol leads to a shutdown at midnight tonight.

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The original “Cone of Silence”

In numerous availabilities to the press, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have referred to the "cone of silence"—their agreement to keep the terms and details of budget discussions private. It seems that term entered popular culture via "Get Smart," and it's not exactly the model for productive dialogue

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Don’t call it a tax increase

Republican legislators have zero interest in Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise $1.8 billion by increasing income taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents. That much is abundantly clear after months of fruitless debate between the two sides over how to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.

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