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Pawlenty announces budget plans

Governor's Red Pen: Cuts mark biggest ever for Minnesota

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Minnesota's largest-ever budget cut Tuesday, reducing state aid to local governments, lowering health care funding, trimming state college budgets and, in general, shrinking the size of state government.

Pawlenty's cuts equal nearly $736 million. Along with a $1.8 billion delay in state payments to schools, it will make up most of the $2.7 billion he needed to balance the state budget.

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