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House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher briefs reporters Thursday afternoon on a meeting legislative leaders held with Gov. Tim Pawlenty on budget issues. With her is Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark and House Majority Leader Tony Sertich. Don Davis / State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty's cabinet prepares for shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's cabinet meets today to prepare for a possible government shutdown.

A shutdown is not imminent, the governor's spokesman said, but could happen if organizations whose budgets Pawlenty unilaterally cut last year go to court seeking to have their funding restored.

"This is a sign of how serious this is," Brian McClung said. "There simply isn't the money to pay for those programs."

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