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Budget fix disliked by all


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers on Monday will debate budget bills no one likes.

Not legislators. Not the governor. Not people who receive state money.

The bills cutting state spending are necessary because the state faces a $944 million deficit. Democrats who control the Legislature decided to fix the budget in steps, with the first phase coming Monday by trimming $313 million from many state programs.

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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.