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Associated Press, Published March 02 2010

Pawlenty won't revise budget after forecast

ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty has no plans to revise his budget after a new forecast lowered a projected Minnesota deficit to $994 million.

Pawlenty says any difference between his $1.2 billion budget patch and the projected hole should be set aside into a state reserve account.

The Republican governor challenged Democrats who lead the Legislature to come forward with their own budget solution by March 17 - two months before the required deadline for finishing the 2010 session.

Pawlenty has offered a plan based largely on spending cuts but also relies on anticipated federal money that Congress has yet to approve.

He says he'll take a budget fix in installments, as Democrats have suggested they'll do.

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