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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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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.