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Comparing budget plans

Highlights of the three 2010-2011 Minnesota state budget plans:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty

-- $1.3 billion cuts, but more public school spending and higher education funding remains the same

-- No state tax increase, but would borrow $1 billion against tobacco lawsuit settlement proceeds

Senate DFL plan

-- $2.4 billion cuts, 7 percent across the board, but more than $2 billion in federal stimulus money is not yet included

-- $2 billion tax increase, with much coming from the richest Minnesotans, although specifics have not been decided

House DFL plan

-- $843 million in cuts, but education would receive the same funding as in current budget

-- $1.5 billion tax increases; committees to decide specific tax changes

Sources: Governor's office, Senate DFL, House DFL

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.