Minnesota’s budget this year is deep in red ink — $4.2 billion in the red. Programs need to be cut, money needs to be raised, and the governor and the state legislature are braced for some tough decisions.

Minnesota Public Radio, however, doesn’t think the elected officials should have all the fun. So MPR recently created "Budget Balancer," an interactive exercise that invites ordinary people to help solve the state’s budget problems.

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