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Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul, left, listens to Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon late Thursday before a committee they lead voted to revise a public works bill. It still would spend far more than Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants, but it includes his top priorities. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Bonding bill is big, but with Pawlenty priorities


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House and Senate appear ready to give Gov. Tim Pawlenty more and less of what he wants for public works funding.

A bill negotiators approved at a hastily called Thursday meeting includes much more spending than the governor wants. It also includes Pawlenty major priorities, but a sex offender treatment center expansion is funded at a far lower amount than he wants.

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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.