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House Majority Leader Tony Sertich of Chisholm and Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher of Minneapolis hold a private conversation Tuesday during a meeting in which legislative leaders discussed the governor's budget unallotment plans. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Up to 4,700 job losses expected in Pawlenty unallotment


ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision to make unilateral budget cuts could cost up to 4,700 jobs across Minnesota, the state economist told legislative leaders this morning.

In a confrontational meeting, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, disputed some of those numbers. She told State Economist Tom Stinson that he undershot the number of jobs that school districts will be forced to cut, perhaps by several hundred.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.