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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Friday that he has eliminated a $426 million budget deficit, mostly by cutting state spending. Behind him is state Finance Commissioner Tom Hanson. (Tribune photo by Don Davis)

Pawlenty cuts local aid, some programs to balance budget

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ST. PAUL -- State budget cuts are under way. So is the anguish.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday drained the state's budget reserve and chopped away at state payments to local governments, colleges, human services providers and state agencies in balancing the state budget.

The average Minnesotan should notice little change, Pawlenty said.

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