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Gov. Tim Pawlenty explains how he decided to cut nearly $2.7 billion in state spending, an attempt to balance the state budget. With him is Commissioner Tom Hanson of Minnesota Management and Budget.

Pawlenty proposes budget cuts

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty today announced plans to cut nearly $2.7 billion from the state budget.

The biggest portion of the budget-balancing action was nearly $1.8 billion in delaying state payments to school districts and other school adjustments. He also would trim $236 million from a variety of health and human services programs and chop $100 million out of state college and university budgets.

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