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State budget war draws in veterans


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota veterans know about fighting, but on Friday witnessed something new to many of them: a fierce political battle over funding programs that serve them.

Dozens of veterans, many wearing American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars hats, packed a legislative committee room after Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito sent Gov. Mark Dayton a letter saying a veterans' home could close if the Republican-written budget is enacted.

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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.