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State Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, tells a Bemidji Day at the Capital delegation to his office this week that the most draconian cuts to state government would still leave half of a projected $7 billion budget deficit. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Legislators holding town hall meeting on budget deficit today in Bemidji


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers, for the most part, can't help but wonder how the state will solve what could be a $7 billion state budget deficit.

While participants in Wednesday's Bemidji Day at the Capital didn't come with their hands out asking for money, many of the lawmakers they visited started off by shaking their heads and saying, "I hope you're not here asking for money, because there isn't any."

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