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Budget talks continue at Capitol

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May 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leading lawmakers have announced how they will dispense with what remains of Minnesota's $1.2 billion budget surplus, a framework that suggests the election-year legislative session is moving toward conclusion.

The agreement released Friday by Democratic leaders would allow for $103 million more in tax breaks on top of the $447 million already enacted this year.

Some $200 million would fund extra construction projects that lawmakers can't fit into a borrowing bill. That means more than $1 billion in public works projects will come out of the session.

There is also $293 million in spending on initiatives, such as raises for long-term care workers.

Many details have to be sorted out before the major bills are ready for final votes. But lawmakers expect a big push next week.

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