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Lawsuit fallout could add to state’s cash crunch

Ramsey County District Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin's Dec. 30 order invalidating a $5.3-million human services cut made unilaterally by the Republican governor isn't taking center stage at the Legislature.

But if other groups affected by the $2.7 billion in unallotments also take Pawlenty to court, the budget hole could grow larger.

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State weighs short-term borrowing

State finance officials last week told a House and Senate budget panel that they might have to borrow money for the first time since 1984 in order to keep state government operating. And a senior debt-management analyst conceded that the move could damage Minnesota's credit rating.

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House Jobs Task Force heads toward finish line with all-day hearing

The House Jobs Task Force appointed last summer by Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL-Minneapolis) is meeting in all-day session today. This time around, the gavel is in the hands of Capital Investment Finance Division chair Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul; pictured above at right), one of the panel's three co-chairs.

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