Top Minn. official to target cuts by Christmas

7:10 PM, Dec 11, 2008   |    comments
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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top finance adviser says the administration will target most short-term budget cuts by Christmas. Tom Hanson says the Republican governor's administration is working with the Democrats who control the Legislature to come up with a plan in the next week to 10 days. Minnesota's budget is running $426 million short through June, a gap that could grow. Hanson met Thursday with the Legislative Advisory Commission, a required step before Pawlenty can empty the state's rainy-day fund and pull back planned spending. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller (POHG'-uh-mill-er) is encouraging Pawlenty to trim across the board instead of targeting payments to cities and counties. Minnesota's projected deficit for the upcoming two-year budget is $4.85 billion.

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