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Gov. Mark Dayton says Tuesday that a government shutdown is likely and he blames conservative Republicans after he vetoed budget bills sent by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Photo by Don Davis, Forum Communications.

Dayton vetoes GOP lawmakers' budget bills

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By Don Davis

State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday vetoed Republican legislators' $34 billion budget plan.

The vetoes of budget and tax bills came hours after Legislature adjourned its regular session. The actions set up continued negotiations and the need for a special legislative session.

If no deal is reached by July 1, state government runs out of money and much of state government will be shut down.

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