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State government would spend less money overall under the two-year budget proposal announced Tuesday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The governor, faced with a $5 billion deficit many fear will only get dewper, wants cuts in state aid to cities. He also proposes eliminating boards governing humanities and arts programs and a 5 percent cut in most government programs. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Record deficit forces the gov. to look at cuts in numerous budget areas

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty would chop many parts of the state budget -- including dropping 84,000 people off state-funded health care programs -- but promises to increase public school funding and keeping public safety programs mostly untouched.


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