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Gov. Tim Pawlenty would cut another $536 million, mainly through local government aid payments and health care cuts, to balance the state's budget. Tribune photo

Pawlenty wants more local aid, health cuts; gov. is critical of DFL-controlled Legislature


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to cut local government payments and health care programs for the poor deeper because it appears Washington will not send Minnesota as much money as he expected.

Under his new plan, cities and counties would lose $176 million, an Iron Range economic development fund would lose $95 million, unspecified health and human service programs would lose $211 million, public schools would lose $13 million and other programs would lose $41 million.

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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.