Pawlenty releases budget, looks to feds for stimulus money to bridge deficit
ST. PAUL - Local governments, health providers, colleges and pretty much every other group that depends on state money took a punch in the gut today when Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his proposed budget for the next two years.
Pawlenty's budget plan calls for $33.6 billion in spending, down 2 percent from the state's existing $34.4 billion budget. The announcement is the start of substantive budget discussions at the Capitol.