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Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon, right, talks with fellow Democrat Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth during a Minnesota House session Monday. Langseth went into the chamber to talk to Marquart about his vote for a tougher seat belt law. Langseth long has supported the change, but Marquart has voted against it in years past. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Lawmakers assign blame for budget stalemate

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers agree the whopping budget deficit they faced this legislative session was no surprise, but point fingers across the political aisle when assigning blame for lack of a budget deal.


The Legislature ended its 2009 session Monday night without a tidy conclusion to its main order of business - solving a $4.6 billion deficit in the next two-year state budget.

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