Sens. Gary Kubly of Granite Falls, left, Tom Saxhaug of Grand Rapids talk during Monday's Senate session. Senators took more than 100 votes, including on a conference committee bill to balance a third of the state budget. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)
Phase 1 budget cuts OK'd
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to sign a budget-cutting bill that plugs a third of Minnesota's nearly $1 billion deficit.
The House and Senate on Monday approved the compromise bill cutting $312 million, mostly with Democratic-Farmer-Laborite votes.
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