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State economy sees mild growth

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota state budget writers received some good news Thursday, as a House-Senate conference committee looked at ways to plug a $935 million deficit.

A state Finance Department report showed 4.5 percent revenue growth in February and March, with only the sales tax dropping from earlier projections.

The department drew no conclusions about how the revenue numbers would affect the budget. The next budget forecast is scheduled for November.

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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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