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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Minnesota's budget shortfall is the result of the national and international "economic collapse" affecting nearly all states' budgets. (Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau)

As others see it: Executive branch health care

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been talking up his recent executive order that he says will "keep Obamacare out of Minnesota." The next day, he grandstanded on Fox News about blocking it. He used the move to fundraise for his Freedom First PAC. The $263 million in federal Medicaid funding that was part of a bill Pawlenty called a "bailout" and "reckless government spending."


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