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Tribune photo by Don Davis Commissioner Tom Hanson of Minnesota Management and Budget briefs reporters during a press conference Tuesday in St. Paul on how the state will unallot nearly $2.7 billion in spending. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, pictured at right, will make the cuts in an attempt to balance the state budget. The actual cuts will not occur until the new budget begins on July 1.

Government, health aid hit hardest by governor's cuts

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Minnesota's largest-ever budget cut Tuesday, reducing state aid to local governments, lowering health-care funding, trimming state college budgets and, in general, shrinking the size of state government.

Pawlenty's cuts equal nearly $736 million, which along with a $1.8 billion delay in state payments to schools make up most of the $2.7 billion he needed to balance the state 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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