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2007 Minnesota Legislature preview

Minnesota lawmakers have a new slate as they convene Jan. 3 for a session due to wrap up by mid-May. It'll all depend on how quickly they can set the state's two-year budget, the only must-do item before them. Though Gov. Tim Pawlenty scratched out an election win, his fellow Republicans gave up a lot of ground in the Legislature. The governor will deal with a House and Senate firmly in DFL control, nearly by veto-proof margins. That could fundamentally affect how state government raises money, sets its spending priorities and regulates business and personal behavior.

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