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Minnesota budget improves ... a little

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By Don Davis

Forum State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget numbers are a bit better today, but not enough for state officials to celebrate.

Minnesota Management and Budget officials on Tuesday announced the state faces a $994 million deficit, down from a December prediction of $1.2 billion.

The nearly $1 billion shortfall still will be tough for legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty to plug because it is just the latest of several budget problems.

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