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Most, but not all, politicians reacting to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment plans Tuesday did not like what they saw:

"In just under an hour today, Gov. Pawlenty has done more damage to Minnesota than he has throughout his entire career."

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  • House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis

"The effects of cutting aid from Minnesota communities are as predictable as a Minnesota winter -- every year we see higher property taxes and cuts to critical services."

  • Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden

"Governor Pawlenty today did what Minnesota Democrats cannot: He made government live within its means. Unallotment is not anyone's ideal solution, but it's what the session came to when the other side proved they could not set priorities or embrace reform."

  • House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall

"How can Gov. Pawlenty call himself a 'Sam's Club governor' when he increases the number of uninsured in this state by 30,000 people knowing full well that every Sam's Club member and every other Minnesotan will end up paying for our uninsured citizens?"

  • Jim Monroe, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

"It is often said that a state budget is a moral document, representing what we value about the people and institutions of our state. If that is true, the cuts announced by the governor today indicate he places little value on working Minnesotans, those who are in need of affordable health care, and our students of all ages who depend on public education to receive a world-class education."

  • House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm

"The state Legislature was in session for five months and the governor had said from the beginning that he would oppose resolving the deficit by raising taxes in a struggling economy. The failure of the DFL leadership to find compromise has forced the governor to solve the state budget."

  • Taxpayers League of Minnesota President Phil Krinkie

"The governor likes to say that local governments, hospitals, and schools should be able to get by with a little less - much like Minnesota's families. Added with the cuts already made this session, today's cuts amount to 10 percent of the budget - not under 4 percent like he would like us to believe."

  • Rep. John Persell DFL-Bemidji

"The true impact (of higher education cuts) will be significantly higher (than Pawlenty said), eliminating needed tuition relief for struggling Minnesota students. Some people call that dishonest, I call it lying through your teeth."

  • Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia
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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.
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