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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau With other lawmakers at his side, state Rep. Tom Huntley of Duluth complains on Tuesday that a Gov. Tim Pawlenty order to stay out of a federal health care program may cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Pawlenty orders state to stay out of federal health plan

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying the federal government is trying to take over states' rights, has ordered Minnesota officials to not apply for federal health-care funds under a 2010 law, a decision Democrats claim will cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.


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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.