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Helping businesses create jobs was just one point Gov. Tim Pawlenty emphasized Thursday during his final State of the State address at the Capitol in St. Paul. The Republican governor urged legislators to pass a mix of tax cuts and tax credits and said Minnesota is "challenged, but our spirit is resilient." Tribune photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty stands firm on his mantra that cuts are the key to job creation


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered equal amounts of patriotism and conservatism Thursday in his final State of the State speech.

The Republican governor and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate began his 33-minute speech praising the Minnesota National Guard, and spent much of his time in the packed House chamber promoting tax cuts and other proposals that he said would help business hire more workers.

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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.