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State Economist Tom Stinson arranges charts Wednesday as he prepares to tell reporters about Minnesota's growing budget deficit. That deficit is caused by less money being produced by jobs.

Economic rebound not expected anytime soon

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The bright spot for the Minnesota economy next year may be when the federal government hires more than 8,000 workers to conduct an every-10-year-census.

State Economist Tom Stinson did not paint a pretty picture for the economy when he and other state officials Wednesday released a report about how the economy affects the state budget.

"The recovery will be long, slow and bumpy," Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson said.

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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.
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