Posted at 4:26 PM on June 26, 2011
by Jon Gordon
From MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire:
DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have ended budget talks for the day aimed at reaching a budget agreement that would head off a state government shutdown next week. After meeting eight hours yesterday, they met for only just over an hour this afternoon. They did not talk to reporters after the meeting, and it's unclear when or if talks will resume.
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The headline in the Pioneer Press after the meeting's end: "Closer to shutdown?"
The mysterious conclusion followed 16 hours of private talks Friday and Saturday in which Dayton and leaders reported progress on trying to resolve the impasse that, barring an agreement in the next four days, will lead to a state government shutdown Friday.