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House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, criticizes a tax bill that was rushed through the Minnesota House and Senate late Monday in the final minutes of the 2009 legislative session. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Shouting ends deficit session

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ST. PAUL - Shouting matches ended the 2009 Minnesota legislative session early Tuesday as lawmakers struggled to balance the state budget.

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Legislators failed to reach a deal with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but the Republican governor said he will finish the job.

The normally staid Senate adjourned for the year moments after its midnight deadline with Republicans shouting to be allowed to talk about a hastily introduced tax bill.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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