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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau There were no smiles Thursday evening as state leaders announced a framework of a budget deal. (From left) House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton, GOP reach agreement

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three top budget negotiators walked from the governor's office Thursday evening to announce a state budget deal, frowning like their best friend just died.


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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.