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"The things that I think unite the people who voted for us ... and the allied groups out there asking for things ... is this idea that we need to build an economy that works for middle-class Minnesotans. That is what this last election was about."

Minnesota politics: Democrats' task is to act, not overreach

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ST. PAUL - Democrats in control of Minnesota government's legislative and executive branches must walk a tightrope when they return Jan. 8 to the Capitol.

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On one hand, they need to pay attention to groups that support them - and generally support higher government spending. On the other hand, they face a state budget deficit that may prevent higher spending, and many in their ranks fear they will appear greedy if they try to catch up on 22 years worth of wants too quickly.

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