Minnesota's economy may be on ropes, but Pawlenty ups spending
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's newest budget plan increases education, courts and other spending, despite a worsening economy. And he still opposes raising state taxes, although Democrats say his policies would force nearly $2 billion higher local property taxes.
News early this month that the budget slipped $2 billion deeper into deficit was more than offset by federal economic stimulus money, so his new budget plan differs relatively little from his first proposal.
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