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Published January 15, 2010, 12:01 PM

Gov. Pawlenty Releases Bonding Proposal

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is planning to release the last bonding proposal of his time in office.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty is planning to release

the last bonding proposal of his time in office.

That's the package of state construction projects that will be

paid for with borrowing. The Republican governor will put out his

list at a news conference at the state Capitol.

Pawlenty's spokesman says the package will be "austere" to

reflect tough times caused by persistent budget deficits. The

governor's proposal is likely to clock in around $725 million.

That puts Pawlenty on another collision course with the

Democratic-led Legislature. The chairs of the House and Senate

bonding committees have hinted their proposal will be closer to $1

billion.

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