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Pawlenty begins cutting budget himself


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty has started his quest to cut billions of dollars from state government spending if budget negotiations fail in the legislative session's final four days.

While saying he remains open to compromise with DFL leaders, the Republican governor said he will use his line-item veto power and other authority to set a new state budget if the Legislature won't work with him "on a reasonable budget solution."

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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.