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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are back in budget talks with less than two days until a state government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers are in the Democratic governor’s office with several other top lawmakers and administration officials.

Dayton said a day earlier that Wednesday is a make-or-break day for a budget deal if he and lawmakers are to head off a shutdown that would begin at midnight Thursday into Friday.

Dayton and the GOP leaders have jointly agreed since last week not to speak publicly about their budget negotiations.

But there’s no indication they’ve gotten any closer to overcoming their dispute about the total size of the next two-year state budget, which is supposed to be in place Friday.

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