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State budget shutdown funding hearing ends, judge lectures state leaders

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Update 4:30 p.m.

ST. PAUL -- A judge left no doubt today that if she allows the state to spend money without a budget, the authority will be limited and only granted because she has no other choice.

Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County also took time to lecture the governor and lawmakers to complete a budget before a potential government shutdown on July 1 because "we are in a horrible, horrible dilemma."

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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.
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