The Reckoning

  • In this 2011 series, Star Tribune reporters showed how the budget debate will play out across the state, from small towns to big cities, in the courts, schools, businesses, social services and state government.

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Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem

  • Cuts could mean justice denied

    Article By: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune Publish January 16, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 22, 2011 2:41 PM

    Counties are short of judges. Public defenders are overbooked. And with Minnesota now facing a $6.2 billion deficit, the prospect of any more state cuts is chilling to court officers.

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The State Capitol

  • Our bill is due: $6.2 billion

    Article By: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune Publish January 2, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 22, 2011 2:43 PM

    Starting this week at the State Capitol, a new governor and new legislative leaders will attempt to dig Minnesota out of the $6.2 billion budget hole that it faces over the next two years -- and only exceedingly difficult decisions loom.

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