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Paychecks shrink as fiscal rhetoric expands

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ST. PAUL -- Americans will pay Washington more, despite rhetoric from politicians saying they shot down most tax increases on New Year's Day, and in the aftermath of what widely was described as a flawed federal budget bill the public should expect more federal fiscal drama in coming months.

"We have avoided crashing and burning," Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson said, but there remains enough uncertainty and anxiety to go around.

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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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