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State Budget Director Jim Showalter, left, tells a legislative committee Wednesday that the Pawlenty administration may have to delay more school payments this spring when the state runs out of money. Also pictured is Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson. Tribune photo by Don Davis

State looks at schools to fill huge hole in its bankbook


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools may once again be asked to help pay bills when the state checking account is empty this spring.

Schools and their supporters are not happy.

"It is not just robbing the school districts, it is slapping them in the face for being fiscally responsible," complained Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, the House education finance chairwoman.

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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.