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Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, addresses civic club and chamber members during a legislative update Thursday in the St. James Hotel. Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing, looks on.

Local lawmakers provide updates

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What a difference a year makes, state Rep. Tim Kelly told Red Wing service club and chamber members Thursday.

Last year, lawmakers and the governor came to loggerheads over the two-year budget that led to a government shutdown. With a couple weeks to go in the 2012 legislative session, the state's financial situation has improved to the point that there's a growing surplus. He said that is because scaled-back government spending is working.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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