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Leaders urge counties to ignore new law


ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders want Minnesota counties to ignore a one-sentence provision in a new tax law, but the request angers county leaders because they want flexibility the new law would offer.

As written, the law would allow counties to reduce spending in areas ranging from health care to libraries. But Pawlenty and leaders decided the provision was a mistake and promise to eliminate it soon after lawmakers begin their 2009 session.

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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.