Published: Jun 30, 2011 7:26 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 30, 2011 6:26 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Budget talks to avoid a wide-ranging state government shutdown have resumed in Minnesota.

Most of state government will close at midnight if Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders fail to agree on a budget or at least a temporary spending measure.

Top GOP lawmakers left Dayton's office through a side door late Thursday morning after a meeting that lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. They resumed talks around midday.

The two sides are split on whether tax increases should be used to resolve a $5 billion deficit.

The shutdown threatens to shutter state parks on the brink of a holiday weekend and furlough thousands of state workers.

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