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Court says Gov. Pawlenty's unallotments were illegal

The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov. Tim Pawlenty was wrong when he made unilateral budget cuts last summer.

The ruling, released this morning, only a covered a $5.3 million program that provided special diets to Minnesotans who could not afford the food ordered by doctors.

The court decision was not unanimous, with three justices dissenting.

It was unclear whether the ruling could affect more of the $2.7 billion that Pawlenty cut after he and legislators did not agree on a balanced budget a year ago.

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