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Democrats Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, watched by Rep. Tony Sertich of Chisholm, tells a legislative commission Thursday that state aid paid to local governments has shrunk dramatically in the past few years. There is no doubt, he said, that leads to higher property taxes. Pioneer Photo/ Don Davis

Democrats call unallotment illegal

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ST. PAUL - Democrats claim Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut $2.7 billion from the state budget is illegal.

Democratic legislative leaders Thursday told the Republican governor's commissioners that Pawlenty is overstepping his legal authority in balancing the budget by himself.

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