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As budget still hangs in balance, Dem calls out the gov.


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate leader blames Gov. Tim Pawlenty for failure to balance the state budget with just two days left to accomplish the task.

"The pattern in the last few years has been last-minute brinksmanship by the executive," Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, said about Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty Friday, a day with little evident progress on plugging a nearly $3 billion budget deficit.

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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.