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Democrats task in 2013 is to act, but not overreach

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Democrats in control of Minnesota government's legislative and executive branches must walk a tightrope when they return to the Capitol Jan. 8.

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On one hand, they need to pay attention to groups that support them -- and generally support higher government spending. On the other hand, they face a state budget deficit that may prevent higher spending, and many in their ranks fear they will appear greedy if they try to catch up on 22 years worth of wants too quickly.

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