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Pawlenty hits Bemidji on local government aid

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty made some of his strongest statements yet against local government aid when he blasted Bemidji for raising its property tax levy.

On his weekly radio show, Pawlenty used that as an example of cities improperly blaming property tax increases on state aid cuts.

The Republican governor, often attacked by Democrats for forcing up property taxes, called Bemidji "a government town in a lot of respects."

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