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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau After Republicans turned down two options to raise state revenue, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday says he does not know where budget talks can go from here. A budget solution is needed to end a government shutdown.

Lawmakers bleak about shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Count many Minnesota legislators among those who expect a long government shutdown.

"My gut tells me that if this goes two weeks, it will go until January," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker said.

Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, added that a quick end to the shutdown is not likely: "I'm not real optimistic at the moment. I'm always hopeful, but my optimism is fading."

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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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