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State education funding plans similar, but different

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota education funding plans by the House, Senate and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are similar in many ways, but the amount they spend - and how they plug a deficit - differ.

A bill the House passed 85-48 Thursday night would spend $13.7 billion on public education for the next two years, the same as in the current two-year budget cycle. The Senate would cut funding 3.3 percent, while Pawlenty suggests increasing spending 1.4 percent.

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