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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday that small cities will be protected from upcoming state budget cuts he will make on his own. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty to cities: How much should I cut?

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty said small cities will be protected when he cuts spending to balance the state budget, but he wants other cities and counties to say how much state aid they can live without.

Minnesota's smallest counties and cities may not see a loss in state aid when Pawlenty cuts spending himself, the governor and his staff said Thursday, but other local governments should expect less.

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