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Commentary: If you can balance the budget, shouldn't governor candidates be able to do it?

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By Steve Peterson

Five-billion eight-hundred-million. That is the projected size of Minnesota's two-year budget deficit that the next governor will have to solve. That's enough money to build 10 Target Fields and still have $360 million in change. It's equal to 1.1 percent of the state's total two-year economy of $524 billion.

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