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Unallotment could leave $7 billion problem in two years

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By Brad Swenson

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision to balance the state budget on his own with no new revenue will leave a $7.2 billion problem in two years for the next governor and Legislature, the Senate's tax expert said Tuesday.

"Pawlenty's leaving us with one heck of a mess here," said Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, in an interview in Bemidji. "The problem is almost twice as bad, going forward."

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