Governor's ability to make cuts facing stiff opposition
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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