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State Economist Tom Stinson, left, and State Demographer Tom Gillaspy on Monday tell a legislative committee that Minnesota's state budget faces a deep problem in the years to come. A major part of the problem is that as the population ages demands on the health care system will soar. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Baby boomers are a budget buster

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ST. PAUL -- Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and their need for more health care is a main reason Minnesota's state budget looks bleak for years to come.


"We are facing a significant long-term budget problem," State Economist Tom Stinson told a House-Senate committee Monday.

Stinson called the situation "not sustainable."

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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.