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House passes bill that cuts a mix of health programs for Minn.'s poor


ST. PAUL -- A bill Minnesota representatives passed late Tuesday continues to trim the state's largest spending area, health and human services programs.

The House bill passed 79-54 and cuts health programs, mostly for the state's poorest residents, by some $170 million.

Those cuts come on top of $147 million lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut earlier this year from a related program.

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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.