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Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, talked to the Bemidji Pioneer on Monday about legislative budget priorities when the 2010 session opens Feb. 4. Bakk is also a Democratic candidate for governor. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Pawlenty, leaders will meet Friday on budget

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty will meet Friday with legislative leaders to discuss the possibility of a special session later this month on how to pay for a $1.8 billion shift in public school payments.

But DFL leaders aren't holding out much promise for a special session so close to the Feb. 4 start of the 2010 session, Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said Monday in an interview with the Pioneer.

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