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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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Unallotment aftermath: Legislative leaders hold initial budget talks with governor

Legislative leaders met with Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning for the first time since a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling seemingly increased the state's budget deficit by $2.7 billion. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem and House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers spent less than an hour in the governor's office.

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