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State handcuffed by budget as it works to assist jobless

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is looking for ways to help unemployed workers, a task made tougher given its own economic challenges.

As the ranks of out-of-work Minnesotans swell, legislators say more should be done to assist people without a paycheck.

"We're trying to do whatever we can to help people get through this downturn and get people back to work and get them back on the benefits they're used to," said Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm.

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