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Rep. Andrew Falk of Murdock ties his tie Monday while awaiting action on the Minnesota House floor as Reps. John Persell of Bemidji, left, and Sheldon Johnson of St. Paul talk.

Lawmakers assign blame for budget stalemate

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers agree the whopping budget deficit they faced this legislative session was no surprise, but point fingers across the political aisle when assigning blame for lack of a budget deal.

The Legislature ended its 2009 session Monday night without a tidy conclusion to its main order of business - solving a $4.6 billion deficit in the next two-year state budget.

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