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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, with Sen. Geoff Michel of Edina at his side, explains why he does not like a public works finance bill legislators passed. The chief reason he gave Tuesday was that the bill would spend far more than he wanted. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Maneuver leads to offer of negotiation on bonding

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's legislative leaders used a rare parliamentary maneuver Tuesday in an attempt to save what they consider job-producing public works projects.

The procedure to delay giving Gov. Tim Pawlenty the just-passed construction funding bill was designed to provide time to open negotiations between the Republican governor and Democrats who run the Legislature's public works funding committees.

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