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Town meetings set to discuss budget proposals

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As state leaders continue the enormous task of closing the largest budget deficit in Minnesota history, we're asking citizens around the state to get involved.

Beginning in less than two weeks, House and Senate members of both parties will begin holding town meetings in a variety of locations, including meetings in Brainerd and Bemidji. Those meetings will be held on Friday, February 20 in Brainerd at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Educational Services Building located at 804 Oak Street and in Bemidji at 3:30 p.m. at Bemidji State University in the American Indian Resource Center Gathering Place located at 1620 Birchmont Drive. In addition, the Senate Tax Committee will meet in Moorhead at 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the Comstock Union, located at 1104 7th Avenue South.

During the meetings, we will examine the Governor's budget proposals in detail, and discuss some of the budget options that will be considered in coming weeks. The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn how budget decisions might affect you and your family, and how federal economic recovery legislation will impact our state.

The choices we make now will determine how Minnesotans live and work in decades to come. We encourage everyone to take time to attend the meetings in our area to learn more about the challenges ahead, and to share your suggestions and your vision for Minnesota's future. --

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