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Minn. agencies outline cuts for Pawlenty’s target
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state agencies will spend less on everything from office supplies to managing parks and taxes to meet Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget-cutting target.
Minnesota Management and Budget has announced $11 million worth of cuts for the state’s current fiscal year, which runs through June. Still pending are cuts for the following budget year.
The biggest reductions include $3.3 million in Department of Human Services administration; a $1.5 million cut to Metro Transit, which operates Twin Cities buses and a light-rail line; and a $924,000 cut for managing the Department of Revenue’s tax system.
Most departments were required to make the cuts under Pawlenty’s plan to balance the budget without legislative consent. His office will also reduce its budget to meet the goal.