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Little change in state budget forecast

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty will have a $2.163 billion surplus to spend in the next two years, state officials announced this morning.

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In November, a similar budget forecast showed they would have nearly $2.2 billion.

Now legislators and Pawlenty can get down to real work writing a budget. More than a month ago, Pawlenty suggested spending $34.4 billion in the next two years.

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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.
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