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House Majority Leader Tony Sertich of Chisholm holds a copy of the state constitution Monday while running a Rules Committee meeting. The panel voted to support a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unilateral cutting of the state budget. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Judge considers overturning unallotment

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ST. PAUL -- The first of what could be many Minnesota court rulings on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's authority to unilaterally cut the state budget should come within days.

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A part of a wider dispute, a Ramsey County judge on Monday heard arguments about whether she should temporarily restore $5.3 million to one food program the governor cut as part of his efforts to plug a $2.7 billion budget deficit.

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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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