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Governor's ability to make cuts facing stiff opposition

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ST. PAUL -- Bills to restrict a governor's ability to unilaterally cut budgets are being introduced in the Legislature, and the state Supreme Court says it will accept cities' input when it considers the issue this spring.

The bill sponsored by House and Senate fin-ance committee chairmen would limit how much a governor could cut, but it would not affect Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2009 actions, which have come under heavy criticism.

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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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