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Union leader Eliot Seide, right, works up a crowd of union members, the faith community and nonprofit organizations Thursday outside the Minneota House chambers. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Budget action scarce as ralliers hit Capitol; state leaders show optimism


ST. PAUL -- The bottom line: Stay tuned.

Thursday was a busy day in the Minnesota Capitol, but those dealing with the state budget deficit reported little progress. That will have to wait until today, Saturday or Sunday, the final days left to take action in the 2010 legislative session.

Still, things were hopping, as union, faith and nonprofit organizations rallied to encourage policymakers to increase taxes to pay for programs. "Do the right thing," they chanted.

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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.