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Gubernatorial Victory

From the WSJ:

Minnesota lawmakers on Monday approved a budget compromise with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a political victory for the possible presidential candidate.


The deal, which eliminates a $3 billion deficit, gives Mr. Pawlenty or his eventual successor the power to decide whether to shift thousands of low-income Minnesotans from a state health-care plan to Medicaid ahead of a federal timetable.


In an effort to cover more uninsured, lawmakers from the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, which control the legislature, wanted to make the health-care shift automatic by inserting it in the budget bill.


In return for that plan being dropped, Mr. Pawlenty, a Republican, withdrew his proposal for another $114 million in health-care and social-service cuts.


The budget deal is an achievement for Mr. Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, in two ways: It doesn’t raise taxes, and it ratifies most of the budget cuts he made single-handedly last year.


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