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Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, watches a Minnesota House debate Monday, when lawmakers considered a major health-care spending bill. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Health bill heads to questionable future

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers passed a massive health-care spending bill that favors nursing homes and programs for the poor, but may be short-lived.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-led Legislature on Monday advanced the health and human services budget bill that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration says spends more than the state can afford.

It faces a likely veto with less than a week remaining before the Legislature's constitutional deadline.

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