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Gov. Mark Dayton says on Wednesday that he is pleased with a new budget projection, but rejects Republican claims that the surplus is their doing. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

State's economy improves

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's economy is doing better than the country, helping generate a modest state budget surplus, but that does not translate into extra money.

That is because the money, in essence, already is spent.

State finance officials Wednesday announced a $323 million projected surplus, because a little more revenue is coming in and, mostly, less money is being spent.

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