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Gambling revenue part of mix to balance state budget

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ST. PAUL -- Some legislators are considering gambling revenue to balance the Minnesota budget, one of the few surprises Thursday as the 2010 legislation session began.

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Legislators' major job is to plug a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget, a budget with nearly a year and a half left. They also need to look at a much bigger deficit that is likely in the next budget.

The current two-year budget is $30 billion, down $4 billion from the last budget.

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