Leaders still talking at Capitol

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Republican and DFL legislative leaders held another private meeting this morning to discuss some of the remaining business of the 2012 session, including a bonding bill and some proposed tax policy changes.

The meeting took place in DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s office, but a spokesman said the governor did not attend. Dayton was was represented in the discussion by his key advisors.

The brief meeting did not produce any breakthroughs. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said they planned to keep talking, but they did not set a specific time to resume negotiations.

Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, described the meeting as “trading volleys.”

“We’ve just got to take a look at what we’ve got and decide whether or not there’s another volley,” Senjem said. “So, we’ll see.”

The House and Senate both have floor sessions scheduled later today. The Senate tax committee is also holding a hearing on the Vikings stadium bill.

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