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Minnesota Budget Director Kristin Dybdal and State Economist Tom Stinson stand on either side of a poster summarizing why Minnesota has a $6.2 billion budget deficit. Don Davis / Forum Communications

$6.2 billion Minnesota budget shortfall looms in 2012-13

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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans should not feel an impact from a growing state budget deficit, at least not for a few months.

When legislators return to the Capitol on Jan. 4, they will debate the next two-year budget and an issue that does matter to Minnesotans: raising taxes versus cutting state programs.


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