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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, above, and Minnesota legislators return to the state Capitol today for a legislative session that promises to be little fun and with the not-so-simple goal of balancing the state budget in mind. Minnesota faces a deficit of at least $1.2 billion in the current budget, which lasts another 18 months. However, that hole could grow as the state recovers from a recession. File photo

No fun for legislators as they attempt to fill Minnesota's budget hole of some $1.2 billion

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Minnesota legislators return to the state Capitol today for a session that promises to be little fun. Lawmakers will deal with the necessities, not the luxuries, as there is one overriding necessity on their minds: balance the state 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.
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