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Reps. Andrew Falk of Murdock, left, and Bill Hilty of Finlayson observe the activity Wednesday in the Minnesota House as lawmakers passed a series of budget bills. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers OK school, lower college funding

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers propose keeping public school funding stable for the next two years and giving public colleges and universities a small state spending cut.

The Legislature on Wednesday passed a $13.7 billion spending plan for early childhood programs and K-12 schools to protects schools from reductions planned for many state budget areas. Also approved was a $3 billion measure funding state colleges and universities that trims spending by 2 percent.

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