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At Minnesota State Capitol, secrecy suddenly reigns

Published 07/19/2011, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) / MCT

Five days after DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders struck a tentative deal to end Minnesota's government shutdown, nearly all of the talks to finalize a budget proposal have taken place in private, blocking out the public and raising questions about whether legislators and the administration are violating the law. "Finally the real work of actually writing the state budget is happening, and it's happening behind closed doors," one DFL legislator said. "It's a pretty pathetic process for spending $35.4 billion."

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