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Many want a piece of Minnesota budget surplus


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's $1.9 billion budget surplus is in demand.

It could go to transportation, tax cuts, early-childhood education, broadband, transportation, northern Minnesota's miners, Local Government Aid, transportation, health-care programs, racial disparities, transportation, sex offender treatment or any of a number of other issues. Transportation was, by far, the most-discussed topic after state officials Thursday announced the surplus.

If there was agreement that transportation needs more funding, there was little agreement about where to get the money. In many ways, the debate reverted back to the legislative session earlier this year in which Democrats and Republicans could not agree on funding.


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