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The opening page of a Web-based exercise shows the Minnesota budget starts with a nearly $6 billion deficit. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities site is designed to help the public and governor candidates understand the complexity of balancing the budget. (Don Davis/Forum Communications)

Now, anyone can fix the state budget

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ST. PAUL -- Budget wonks no longer are the only Minnesotans who can understand the difficulty of balancing a state budget nearly $6 billion in the hole.

A few minutes with a new Web-based budget simulator shows, for instance:

- Nearly 40 percent of state general education spending would need to be cut to balance the budget.

- All state college and university spending could be eliminated and the state still would have a substantial deficit.

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