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Court budget means 'service reduction'

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators are considering increasing court fees nearly $36 million to prevent deep budget cuts for the courts system, but a leading judge and the senator in charge of judicial spending say the budget still would be too small.

"They are moving in the right direction," Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter said. "Obviously, any cut we have to take will result in a reduction of services to the public and we don't want to do that."

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