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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Thursday that he will sign all legislative-passed budget bills, with some things removed, and make cuts on his own to balance the state budget. The move sent shock waves through the Capitol. Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie is on the left. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty starts cutting budget himself

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty has started his quest to cut billions of dollars from state government spending if budget negotiations fail in the legislative session's final four days.

While saying he remains open to compromise with Democratic-Farmer-Laborite leaders, the Republican governor said he will use his line-item veto power and other budget-cutting authority to set a new state budget if the Legislature will not work with him "on a reasonable budget solution."

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