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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, surrounded by fellow Republicans, announces that he plans to trim the state budget on his own, not waiting for the Legislature. On the left is Rep. Doug Magnus of Slayton. On the right is Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington. (Bulletin photo by Don Davis)

Pawlenty starts cutting budget himself

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty has started his quest to cut billions of dollars from 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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