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With notes scribbled on the pages and key pages marked, Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget holds a copy of the February 2013 state budget forecast on Thursday. (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Minnesota budget deficit announced

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ST. PAUL -- Talk of tax increases continues even as economists anticipate a smaller state budget deficit.

"Tax reform is important for Minnesota's future," Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said. "I don't think this will even slow that down."


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