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Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, listens Tuesday as judges tell a Housecommittee thatthe public will notice problems if the state cuts court budgets 5 percent, as Gov. Tim Pawlentyproposes. Tribune photoby Don Davis

Courts warn of service cuts

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's court officials say Minnesotans will see significant service cuts if Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget passes, but the governor says the court budget needs trimming as a way to pressure them to change.

"The court is antiquated and needs significant reform," Pawlenty said Tuesday. "The courts need to change and improve their processes. All the paperwork needs to become electronic in nature."

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