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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Tuesday that a bulk of the cuts he plans to make to the state budget come from delaying payments to school districts. All told, he plans to cut nearly $2.7 billion from the next two-year budget.

Pawlenty announces $2.7 billion in budgets, including $300 million from townships, cities, and counties


ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty today announced plans to cut nearly $2.7 billion from the state budget.

The biggest portion of the budget-balancing action was nearly $1.8 billion in delaying state payments to school districts and other school adjustments. He also would trim $236 million from a variety of health and human services programs and chop $100 million out of state college and university budgets.

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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.