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Lawmakers see budget challenge with healthcare

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BEMIDJI - Rural hospitals and nursing homes face compounded budget problems under Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget, but lawmakers don't know how to correct them.

Pawlenty's budget proposal cuts health and human services spending by about 15 percent from projected growth levels, although he increases the HHS budget by 9.6 percent in actual dollars from this biennium to the next.

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