UPDATED: Current state budget deficit grows
By Don Davis
St. Paul Capitol Bureau
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's state budget will be $1.2 billion in deficit if lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty don't take action, state leaders learned Wednesday.
And the state faces a $5.4 billion deficit in 2012 and 2013.
The current budget deficit is 3.7 percent of the state budget.
State Finance Commissioner Tom Hanson blamed a weak economy and said the recovery will be long.
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