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Shutdown notebook: Blame impasse on the rookies

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Nearly everyone involved in budget negotiations is new to the process, providing a key reason why the budget impasse is going down to the wire.

"Each of the leaders in this struggle is new," former Rep. Phil Krinkie said. "Dayton is a first-time governor with little or no executive leadership experience. Both Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers are new to their positions as well. A situation with three new leaders creates a level of uncertainty."

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