Minnesota's budget deficit picture over time

by Steve Mullis, Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio has been following the state's budget process since Gov. Tim Pawlenty first proposed using his unallotment authority. The recent decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, which states that Pawlenty overstepped his authority by unilaterally cutting the state budget, has further complicated the budget picture.

Below is a graphic that shows Minnesota's deficit situation for the 2010-2011 budget cycle as the the unallotment story has unfolded.