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Minnesota's state deficit is one of the biggest

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's speeches these days contain one sure-fire applause line: "We're not Wisconsin."

That is true, and Minnesotans appreciate the fact that thousands of protesters have not descended on their Capitol. But by at least one measure, Minnesota is worse than its eastern neighbor.

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Minnesota's $5 billion state budget deficit exceeds the $3.6 billion gap Wisconsin faces.

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