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Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria examines the state courts budget Thursday, before a Senate committee approved cutting judiciary spending 7 percent. Photo by Don Davis

Court budget means 'service reduction'

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators are considering increasing court fees nearly $36 million to prevent deep budget cuts for the courts system, but a leading judge and the senator in charge of judicial spending say the budget still would be too small.


"They are moving in the right direction," Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter said. "Obviously, any cut we have to take will result in a reduction of services to the public and we don't want to do that."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.