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ST. PAUL - A late 2005 report showed Minnesota state computers were vulnerable to hackers.

The auditor suggested the state give those who manage the computers more money.

Those words did not fall on deaf ears. When state officials began an every-other-year budget process last year, the topic returned. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his budget plan last month, highlighting a proposal to spend $213 million on technology upgrades, in large part to improve security.

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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.
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