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Reps. Steve Drazkowski of Wabasha (front) and Tim Kelly of Red Wing concentrate on bill details Saturday as the Minnesota House meets in a rare weekend session. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Transit faces cuts


ST. PAUL - Transit programs would receive less money under a House-passed bill, part of an effort to balance the state budget.

Still, the House transportation finance chairman said, "it is going to keep rural and metro transit operating." The House passed the bill by Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, 86-45 after about two hours of Saturday debate.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.