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.
Stacey Skinner’s science class
Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem
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.
The State Capitol
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.