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Budget talks: Still no deal in sight as 'cone of silence' continues

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The trio of leaders in charge of crafting the state’s biennial budget has little to report as of early Saturday evening.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) entered the governor’s office around 5:30 p.m. for negotiations, presumably with Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park).

Gazelka emerged roughly 30 minutes later saying, “We’re still working; we’re not going to give up.”

Hortman briefly echoed Gazelka when she left the governor’s office 30 minutes later.


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