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Gov. Tim Pawlenty reacts Wednesday to the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling that he overstepped his authority in making $2.7 billion in budget cuts last summer. Tribune photo by Don Davis

High court rules against unallotment cuts


ST. PAUL -- A dramatic Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Wednesday threw state budget talks back to 2009.

Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed to balance the state budget a year ago and a high court ruling Wednesday ordered them back to the negotiations table. The court threw out the governor's summer unilateral budget cuts and told the two sides to try again to plug a $2.7 billion budget hole.

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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.