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ST. PAUL - A public works bill appears headed to legislative passage that spends far more than Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants and leaves out some key provisions, including an $89 million sex offender treatment center expansion.

The nearly $1 billion bill, funded by the state selling bonds, is not acceptable to Pawlenty, his spokesman said today. However, Brian McClung refused to say if Pawlenty would veto the entire bill or erase enough projects to make the bill's size acceptable.

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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.