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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau Two northern Minnesota legislators, Larry Howes of Walker, left, and Dave Olin of Thief River Falls, watch Tuesday House debate about a health-care bill.

House passes bill, trims health

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ST. PAUL -- A bill Minnesota representatives passed late Tuesday continues to trim the state's largest spending area, health and human services programs.

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The House bill, which passed 79-54, would cut a variety of health programs, mostly for poor Minnesotans, by $170 million on top of $147 million lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut earlier this year from a related program.

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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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