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Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller of Minneapolis points to the deficit he said Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget faces, while one he and other DFL senators announced would leave a bit of a surplus.

First big bills set for debate

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators could pass some of the biggest bills yet this year on Monday, but budget work awaits more information from Washington.


Senators expect to debate a $367 million public works bill Monday. The bill easily floated through two committee hearings, and is expected to find equally easy passage in the full Senate.

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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.