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Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state should limit its spending to money it has on hand, and on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment to do just that. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Gov. 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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