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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, with Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, at his side, explains why he does not like a public works finance bill legislators passed. The chief reason he gave Tuesday was that the bill would spend far more than he wanted. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Pawlenty wants smaller bonding bill

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty would have vetoed Tuesday the Legislature's $1 billion public works bill -- if DFL leaders hadn't pulled it back.

"We're willing to have some flexibility on the number, but we're not going to have a billion-dollar bill," Pawlenty said Tuesday to State Capitol reporters and in a telephone link to outstate reporters.

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