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Rep. Tom Huntley of Duluth listens Thursday during a meeting of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. Forum News Service photo by Danielle Killey

Health funding cuts spur surprise, anger among Minnesota lawmakers

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ST. PAUL — Elderly and disabled Minnesotans likely would be most hurt by proposed cuts to the state’s health and human services budget that caught many lawmakers by surprise, some advocates say.

Budget outlines House and Senate Democratic leaders released this week propose cutting about $150 million from the human services budget.

“That’s a very ugly scenario,” Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, said. “I was very let down.”

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