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Pogemiller and Kelliher on Midday

Posted at 11:18 AM on March 7, 2008 by Michael Marchio

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher were both in the Midday studio today, speaking with Gary Eichten about the session and that ugly budget deficit. You can listen right here. Gov. Pawlenty will present his plan to close the budget gap later today, and look for a post on that this afternoon, but he's already ruled out cutting K-12 funding and Local Government Aid. Both Kelliher and Pogemiller said they're not going to dismiss the governor's proposals on how to close this gap as dead-on-arrival, but were decidedly cool to the idea of doing it through health care cuts. Health and human services make up about $9.7 billion, or 27 percent of the state's $34 billion general fund budget,
Take a look here to see the breakdown of how money comes in and where it goes out. How would you managers balance the budget?