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Governor, lawmakers look for places to cut

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Bad budget news
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson, State Economist Tom Stinson and state budget director Jim Schowalter delivered Minnesota's bad news: The state is facing a nearly $5 billion budget deficit.
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State lawmakers will continue to analyze the budget this week to look at possible programs to cut in the face of a looming budget deficit.

The state needs to cut more than $400 million in the current budget year, which ends in mid-summer.  After that, lawmakers will have to tackle a much bigger problem, a $4.8 billion deficit for the following two years.  

Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck, who has been following the story.