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Minnesota State Economist Laura Kalambokidis points out Friday that the national and state economies are on the rise, helping to provide a $1.2 billion budget surplus. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Agreeing on the split: Democrats divided on priorities for budget surplus

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ST. PAUL — Good economic news looks like it will lead to a few Democratic squabbles over how to spend a budget surplus, with Minnesotans wondering if they will see taxes fall or state spending increase.

“I’m happy to be here to deliver this budget forecast, not the weather forecast,” Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget said Friday, as snow began to fall in St. Paul.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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