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$1.2 billion does not buy agreement

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ST. PAUL -- Good news to the tune of $1.2 billion changed little about Minnesota's budget debate.

There was little evidence after Monday's news that a projected budget deficit has dropped from $6.2 billion to $5 billion smoothed differences between Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature.

"It is still a matter of serious concern," Dayton said.

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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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