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Minnesota Court Administrator Sue Dosal tells a Senate committee Thursday that some rural county courts may be closed most of the time if the governor's budget cuts are adopted. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Court cuts likely will have a big impact on small areas


ST. PAUL -- Further state budget cuts will mean longer waits for cases to go through Minnesota's court system, judicial leaders say, and small counties will be hardest hit.

For years, courts in the least populated counties have received more state funding per capita than larger counties. But on Thursday State Court Administrator Sue Dosal told the Senate Judiciary Budget Division that is ending.

She said the courts no longer can afford to give extra money to small counties.

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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.