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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said recovering from $5.3 billion in state budget shortfalls will require cuts in state spending, some of which "will be very difficult." Pawlenty signaled he plans to propose around $4 billion in cuts during the next budget period. Tribune photo by Scott Wente

Gov. Pawlenty to announce $470 million Minnesota cuts coming today

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty balances the state budget this afternoon, but promises to preserve military, veterans, public safety and K-12 education programs.

"Those areas this afternoon will not be cut, but others will be," the Minnesota governor said on his weekly radio show this morning.

Under state law, the governor must drain the state budget reserve before he makes cuts to balance the budget.

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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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