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Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, a Democrat from Minneapolis, briefs reporters Tuesday after meeting with other legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty regarding the state budget deficit. Pawlenty earlier in the day vetoed a DFL bill that called for increasing taxes on the state's higher earners. Sun Tribune photo by Don Davis

As time running out to balance budget, lawmakers weighing up proposal to delay school funds

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are trying to decide if they can live with a $3 billion budget-balancing solution based on spending cuts and delaying payments to schools.

That was the question legislative leaders were asking the state's 201 lawmakers Tuesday night after two meetings with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who earlier in the day vetoed an income tax increase proposal passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

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