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Commissioner Tom Hanson of Minnesota Management and Budget tells legislative leaders that they did not pass a fully balanced budget until the last eight minutes of the 2008 legislative session. That comment in a Tuesday meeting brought fierce arguments from the leaders. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Democrats will continue to discuss unallotment

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ST. PAUL - "Unallotment" is a strange word to most Minnesotans, although those who get state money know it well.

In the coming months, Democrats are likely to drill home that word so all Minnesotans hear that Gov. Tim Pawlenty unilaterally cut the state budget (known as unallotment), and Democrats will point out that occurred with support of other Republicans. It is the beginning of the 2010 election season.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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