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Talking Points: 'Real money' problems in state school districts

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As citizens of the U.S. and Minnesota, we've become a tad bit jaded when it comes to budgets. So often we hear big numbers thrown around -- deficits in billions of dollars, projects costing millions of dollars -- that it's hard for it to truly sink in.

The feeling is summed up nicely in a quote that the late U.S. Congressman Everett Dirksen may -- or may not -- have uttered: "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."

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