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New lawmakers willing to negotiate, but not on taxes or total spending

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Pressure of the clock ticking toward a potential state government shutdown does not seem to affect the resolve of Republican legislators, many of whom are rookies who say they were elected to keep government in check.

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Rep. Dave Hancock of Bemidji summarized the GOP stance: "In the long term, we have to keep spending under control."

But freshman lawmakers say they are willing to bargain on other things.

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