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State budget hole grows, state programs to blame

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There's one huge detail Gov. Jim Doyle left out of his budget speech Tuesday night that the expected deficit has grown again.

It's now $5.9 billion, up from the $5.7 billion projected just a few weeks ago. The governor's aides disclosed the discrepancy at a briefing Tuesday.

The extra $200 million shortfall is due to higher than expected costs for a host of state programs. They include health programs for the poor, child care subsidies, and prison expenses.

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