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Updated 12:50 p.m.: Court rules Pawlenty unallotments are illegal


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov. Tim Pawlenty was wrong when he made unilateral budget cuts last summer.

The ruling, released this morning, technically only a covers a $5.3 million program that provided special diets to Minnesotans who could not afford the food ordered by doctors, but the governor's first assessment is that the 47-page document throws out most of his $2.7 billion budget-balancing action from last summer.

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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.