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Published June 06, 2011, 08:12 AM

Dayton aims to focus Minn. budget talks on revenue

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers head into a budget meeting Monday with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton expecting them to offer a new position on state spending.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers head into a budget meeting Monday with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton expecting them to offer a new position on state spending.

Dayton said Friday he wants GOP leaders to say how much more they're willing to spend than the legislative budget he vetoed last month. He said the success of budget talks depends on reaching a spending agreement that includes new revenue.

Monday's meeting is their second get-together since the regular legislative session adjourned two weeks ago without a deal.

Without a new budget in place by the end of June, most of state government would shut down July 1.

Republicans hope to have almost daily meetings with Dayton through late June to avoid a shutdown, but haven't offered specifics on how they will bridge the budget gap.

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