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Political differences lead to state shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government today.

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A judge who ordered some state programs to continue operating called the situation a "constitutional crisis."

After nearly a week of marathon negotiations, Dayton and Republicans failed to reach a budget deal Thursday night as rhetoric escalated and negotiations slowed to a stop.

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