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ST. PAUL -- The impact of a state government shutdown is in the hands of Minnesota judges.

State Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday laid groundwork for them to become involved if the governor and legislators cannot agree on a budget before July 1. Courts are expected to accept the challenge because without a judge's decision government would need to shut down.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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