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Democrats ready to move ahead on transportation, with or without governor

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature's upcoming battle over transportation spending could lack a key element of most Capitol funding decisions: negotiations with the governor.

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After more than three years of failing to reach a deal on transportation funding with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and six months since the Minneapolis bridge collapse, top Democratic lawmakers say they will take a different route this year.

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