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State spending steadily has increased in recent years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday in announcing a proposed constitutional amendment to limit spending to money the state has collected. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty proposes constitutional spending limit

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the state constitution to limit spending to revenue the state actually has collected.

Democrats say that is not something even the Republican governor has done in his budget proposals.


Pawlenty on Thursday suggested the constitutional amendment, which would take effect after he leaves office, as a way to limit spending that has grown throughout Minnesota's modern era.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.