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Pawlenty, lawmakers make budget moves

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are making progress in balancing the state budget's $3 billion deficit as a midnight deadline looms.

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The governor late this afternoon proposed cutting spending to help balance the state budget, but setting aside controversial health-program changes. Pawlenty said the proposal would plug the nearly $3 billion budget deficit.

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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.
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