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State leaders say they are ready to negotiate budget

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's legislative leaders and governor say, in effect, that they are done negotiating with themselves and at least are talking about working together on a new state budget.

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But in case that does not work, several of Gov. Mark Dayton's commissioners have begun work on what to do if lawmakers and Dayton do not agree on a budget by July 1 and the government runs out of money.

Dayton said some commissioners are looking into the impact of a potential shutdown.

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