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Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman, left, and one of his financial aides, George Hoffman, listen to a representative's question during a Wednesday committee hearing. Tribune photo by Don Davis

All health programs face cuts

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ST. PAUL -- No state health care program escaped Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget axe this week.

"It affects almost literally every program that we touch," Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman Wednesday told the House health-care finance committee.

That is not acceptable to most DFL legislators.

"What we are doing here is simply allowing a lot of need to go unmet," Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, said.

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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.
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