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Rep. Al Juhnke of Willmar listens to debate Monday about whether the House should support a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unilateral state budget cuts. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Judge considers overturning Pawlenty's unallotment

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- The first of what could be many Minnesota court rulings on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's authority to unilaterally cut the state budget should come within days.

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A part of a wider dispute, a Ramsey County judge on Monday heard arguments about whether she should temporarily restore $5.3 million to one food program the governor cut as part of his efforts to plug a $2.7 billion budget deficit.

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