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Former House Speaker calls out Legislature for closed-door process

At the close of a press conference called by Republican legislative leaders to discuss the $11 billion health and human services bill, former DFL House Speaker Bob Vanasek offered some pointed criticism of the process used to craft the budget bills. Vanasek voiced concerns about discussions taking place behind closed doors with no public access.

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Paper Trail: GOP policy-laden offer to Gov. Dayton

The so-called “cone of silence” over budget negotiations has cracked since talks melted down Thursday afternoon and Minnesota headed into a state government shutdown. Dayton spokesman Bob Hume also revealed a “confidential draft” of an early compromise offer via Twitter Friday morning that details more of the behind-closed doors talks.

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