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Rep. Loren Solberg of Grand Rapids and other Minnesota lawmakers have a headache of a budget problem. A committee Monday heard reports about what the state economist called "a long-term budget problem." (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

State could face $7 billion deficit

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ST. PAUL -- Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and their need for more health care is a main reason Minnesota's state budget looks bleak for years to come.


"We are facing a significant long-term budget problem," State Economist Tom Stinson told a House-Senate committee Monday.

Stinson called the situation "not sustainable."

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