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The news Monday was about as good as anyone could have hoped for. Minnesota’s improving economy has lopped $1.2 billion from what had been a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit for the next two fiscal years.

Given that almost everyone in St. Paul agrees that the state won’t repay its $1.4 billion debt to K-12 schools before 2014, the “real” size of the two-year budget deficit now sits at about $3.6 billion. A daunting figure, to be sure, but much less so than $6.2 billion.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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