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Lawmakers gather Thursday at the Capitol in St. Paul for the beginning of this year's session. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers wonder if gambling dollars could go a long way in solving the state's budget woes


Some legislators are considering gambling revenue to balance the Minnesota budget, one of the few surprises Thursday as the 2010 legislation session began.

Legislators' major job is to plug a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget, a budget with nearly 18 months remaining. They also need to look at a much bigger deficit that is likely in the next budget.

The current two-year budget is $30 billion, down $4 billion from the last budget.

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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.