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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers leaves Gov. Mark Dayton's office Wednesday saying budget talks "went backwards today." Legislative leaders and Dayton were trying to settle on a new budget to stop a government shutdown.

Lawmakers pessimistic about quick shutdown end

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Count many Minnesota legislators among those who expect a long government shutdown.

"My gut tells me that if this goes two weeks, it will go until January," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker said.


Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, added that a quick end to the shutdown is not likely. "I'm not real optimistic at the moment. I'm always hopeful, but my optimism is fading."

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