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Steve Peterson of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities explains Wednesday that a new website is designed to encourage governor candidates to submit a state budget-balancing plan. The coalition launched the site, which allows the public to try to balance the budget. Tribune photo by Don?Davis

Now anyone can literally fix the state's $6B-in-the-hole budget

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ST. PAUL -- Budget wonks no longer are the only Minnesotans who can understand the difficulty of balancing a state budget nearly $6 billion in the hole.


A few minutes with a new Web-based budget simulator shows, for instance:

- Nearly 40 percent of state general education spending would need to be cut to balance the 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.