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Stimulus shakes up budget debate

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Minnesota's ailing state coffers could get a $2 billion jolt from the federal economic stimulus package, but the funding comes with conditions and will complicate Capitol budget talks.

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State finance officials said Thursday that early number-crunching shows Minnesota could get more than $3 billion from the $790 billion economic recovery plan nearing completion in Congress. At least $2 billion of that could be directed to the state's general fund, which pays for most state services.

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