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Public interest in state budget deficit low

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators face a massive state budget deficit, with many program cuts expected, yet many report public interest is surprisingly low.

Many legislators say they are not hearing much public reaction, and some legislators plan town hall meetings to solicit the public's concerns and hear ideas and criticism.

"The public isn't as engaged as we'd like," Sen. Leo Foley, DFL-Coon Rapids, said.

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