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Minn. agencies outline cuts for Pawlenty’s target

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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.

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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.

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