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State budget shows a surplus in November forecast


ST. PAUL -- Jaws dropped this morning as Minnesota leaders learned the state budget will be bigger than earlier thought.

Leaks before the mid-day official release of a budget forecast showed the current two-year state budget that began this summer will have $876 million more available than legislators expected when they plugged a $5 billion deficit in July after a 20-day government shutdown.

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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.