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Major state budget topics


Some issues in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's $34.4 billion, two-year budget:

Property taxes

Much-discussed property tax cuts would consume $150 million of the budget.

Of that, $10 million would go to increasing Local Government Aid, a state payment to cities, mostly rural and Minneapolis and St. Paul. Another $47 million would be used to give tax credits to homeowners across the state, with $40 million more going to schools.

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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.