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Dan Schoen of St. Paul Park answers the telephone Monday, Jan. 7 with a clean desk and a clean slate 24 hours before he becomes a Minnesota legislator at noon Tuesday. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

2013 Legislature convenes: Money dominates, but isn't only issue this year

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ST. PAUL -- Money dominates conversation as Minnesota legislators prepare to begin their 2013 session at noon today.

It is such a dominant part of the session that when caught rushing to a midday Monday appointment, Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, could not think of an important non-budget issue. In fact, Marquart said he has told fellow state representatives that the budget is so important that they should not consider issues such as gay marriage and gun control this year.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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