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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau House Speaker Kurt Zellers tells reporters Wednesday that he suggested that he, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Gov. Mark Dayton lock themselves into a room Friday and Saturday and not come out until they have a budget deal. Dayton and Koch agreed.

Minnesota leaders to lock in before a shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three key budget negotiators hope two days locked in a room together can produce a deal that they could not reach in the last six months.


The Friday and Saturday lock-in will provide an answer to how locked in the two sides are on their budget proposals and may tell Minnesotans whether their state government will shut down on July 1.

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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.