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Pawlenty says newest bill will not survive, leaving officials with few options, little time

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a budget-balancing bill will not survive as it contains a $445 million tax increase, sending state leaders back to the starting line in figuring out how to plug a nearly $3 billion budget deficit. The Senate approved the bill 34-33 Monday afternoon, with the House voting for it 71-63 Monday night.


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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.