Posted at 6:03 AM on February 21, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The first batch of public hearings regarding Minnesota's budget shortfall is over. House staff said that 2425 people attended the meetings on Thursday night and Friday morning (they didn't have data yet from Friday afternoon's hearings). 504 people testified.
There will be another round of meetings next week in the Twin Cities area.
Judging from the coverage , it appears lawmakers didn't find a magic bullet to balance the budget. It also seems that the public is as divided as the Legislature on how to solve a deficit that is only expected to grow when the next revenue forecast is released on March 3rd forecast.
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