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Legislators end year with balanced budget

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators knew they were in for a tough year when they arrived at the Capitol on February 4.

After three and a half months, they needed another 11 hours to finish the hardest job, balancing the state's $3 billion budget deficit. They did that work by delaying $1.9 billion in school payments, to be repaid in the next several years, and forcing nearly $1 billion in spending cuts, mostly in health and human services programs.

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