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Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, watches a House debate Monday as lawmakers consider a major health care spending bill. Tribune photo by Scott Wente

Massive Minn. health proposal plods along, but its future seems anyone's guess

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers passed a massive health care spending bill that favors nursing homes and programs for the poor, but may be short-lived.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-led Legislature on Monday advanced the health and human services budget bill that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration says spends more than the state can afford.

It faces a likely veto with less than a week remaining be-fore the Legislature's constitutional deadline.

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