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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Crowd gives lawmakers mixed messages on budget: Don't cut; don't raise taxes

Published 02/20/2009, Associated Press, State Capitol Bureau

Dozens lined up Thursday in Rochester to send lawmakers a double-barreled message on Minnesota’s $4.8 billion deficit: Don’t cut government programs in hard times — but don’t raise taxes. The contradictory sentiments showed the tough task facing state leaders as they grapple with a staggering budget gap. Federal stimulus aid is on the way, but it might not cover an expected increase in the deficit when deepening job losses are factored in early next month.

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