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State revenues could have been worse

The dreaded April revenue estimates, released Friday, weren't great but weren't as awful as they could have been — a new $70 million gap for the fiscal year that ends June 30 and a $450 million gap in fiscal 2011. At least the experts are talking about "flickers of hope" for the state's economic recovery, though employment continues to lag. Even with no big, bad surprise out of the estimates, state legislators still have a chore on their hands for the wrap-up session that starts April 28. They have to find more revenue, cuts or both, and quickly. Because both sides in and around the GOP-led Legislature are so dug in, Gov. Mark Parkinson should try to play compromiser in chief.