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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Friday that he has eliminated a $426 million budget deficit, mostly by cutting state spending. Behind him is state Finance Commissioner Tom Hanson, a Mahnomen native. Staff photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty cuts local aid, programs

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ST. PAUL - State budget cuts are under way. So is the anguish.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday drained the state's budget reserve and chopped away at state payments to local governments, colleges, human services providers and state agencies in balancing the state budget.

The average Minnesotan should notice little change, Pawlenty said.

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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.
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