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Reps. Sheldon Johnson of St. Paul, left, and John Persell of Bemidji talk on Monday, the final day of the Minnesota legislative session. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Budget unfinished

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators met almost 19 weeks with one overriding job: Balance the state budget.

They left the Capitol for the year Monday night, leaving Gov. Tim Pawlenty to finish the job, although in the 2009 legislative session's final three hours Democrats drew up a new $1 billion tax increase similar to one the governor already vetoed.


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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.