Pawlenty ready to cut budget himself
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty is prepared to cut billions of dollars in state government spending if budget negotiations fail in the legislative session's final four days.
While saying he remains open to compromise with Democratic-Farmer-Laborite leaders, the Republican governor said he will use his line-item veto power and other budget-cutting authority to set a new state budget if the Legislature will not work with him "on a reasonable budget solution."
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