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Senate votes to chop $830 million out of next budget

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted to trim $830 million out of the next state budget and $125 million from the current one today in a first step to plugging a budget gap.

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The 37-27 vote came as Republicans stood together to back their plan.

"We know we are going to have to make hard choices like this," Senate Finance Chairwoman Claire Robling, R-Jordan, said, "so we might as well get started today."

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