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Galen Robinson, a lawyer from Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, sits at his desk Monday during oral arguments in the Minnesota Judicial Center in St Paul during a case about Gov. Tim Pawlenty's ability to cut budgets. Pool photo/Richard Sennott, Star Tribune

Supreme Court question: Who decides budget?

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ST. PAUL -- In the simplest terms, Minnesota's seven Supreme Court justices are deciding if the Legislature has full control of state spending, or if the governor has a role once a budget is approved.

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The decision could affect not only the current state budget, but also could impact the power future governors wield.

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