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ST. PAUL - It's tough to be a new Minnesota legislator this year, with the state facing what many predict will be a $7 billion budget deficit.

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"Even the veterans haven't had experience with a budget (deficit) this big or an economy this bad," said Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck. "I'm just listening and seeing what others are saying, and I try to offer my new perspective where I can."

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