A new subcommittee will study Minnesota's budget problems and make recommendations when the Legislature convenes in February.
Top legislative Democrats say they are naming the panel to address a multibillion-dollar deficit anticipated for the state budget cycle that begins in 2011.
Legislative sessions in even-numbered years like 2010 usually do not focus on budgeting.
But lawmakers may be faced with budget decisions if a short-term deficit develops.
Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller says he will push for more spending cuts and possible new state revenue.
That's how lawmakers sometimes describe taxes. Also on the table: Consolidating state agencies and reorganizing county governments.
The standoff over taxes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty hasn't changed.
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