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DFL lege leaders present their budget plan

DFL legislative leaders have released their proposal for balancing the state's nearly $3 billion budget deficit by the time the session legally must adjourn next Monday. And the essential trade-off appears to be this: DFLers will say yes to 80-85 percent of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment actions, including a ratification of his ad hoc $1.8 billion school payment shift, if the governor agrees to $433 million in new taxes.

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Unallotment II: The rematch

Wednesday's Minnesota Supreme Court decision invalidating the one-man, $2.7 billion budget-balancing act undertaken last year by Gov. Tim Pawlenty left Democrats cheering and Republicans sniping, but the reaction was richly bipartisan in another sense: Everyone began scrambling to figure out what has to happen next and what the broader repercussions might be.

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Flashback: Emmer and MCCL have clashed before

Vis a vis Tom Hauser's reports (discussed here) that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer backed off of picking Linda Runbeck at the last minute due to objections from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and other anti-abortion rights interests in the party base, it's worth noting that it would not be the first time Emmer has clashed with the influential MCCL.

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