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Major players reluctant to join unallotment fray

Whether Pawlenty overstepped his authority or not, Minnesota's still facing an additional $1.2 billion deficit in the current budget cycle.

This means that many interest groups that might have challenged the governor's budgetary authority are reticent about getting involved in litigation.

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Pogemiller faced up to Minnesota’s permanent budget crisis

It isn't hard to explain why Larry Pogemiller is PIM's legislator of the year. In 2009 the Senate majority leader stared into the teeth of an economic crisis unlike any since the Great Depression and, alone among the Capitol's leadership troika, proposed a pain-for-everybody solution that would have erased most of the $5 billion-plus in continuing deficits that the state now figures to confront again in 2011.

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Lessard-Sams council releases funding plan, braces for spending challenges

It might be a little unkind to say members of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council were flying by the seat of their pants as they cobbled together recommendations for 2009 conservation projects to be funded by the dedicated sales tax that Minnesota voters passed in the 2008 general election. But the process of recommending $56 million in projects to lawmakers for 2010 is going much more smoothly than the council's inaugural year.

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