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June 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Dan Walters: ‘Save or spend’ is the main issue in budget negotiations

It’s been nearly a decade since the Capitol’s politicians last had a substantial amount of extra money to spend. During the mid-2000s, a short-lived housing boom poured billions of extra dollars into the state’s coffers, and politicians pumped them out as fast as they came in. General fund spending exploded by nearly 30 percent in three years.

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