Ongoing spending cuts:
--State agency operations, $44 million
--State agency grants and programs, $77 million
--Higher education, $50 million
--Refinance transportation projects, $130 million
--Cancel unspent 1998 capital construction projects, $7 million
--21st Century Minerals Fund balance, $39 million
--Solid Waste Fund balance, $11 million
--Workers Compensation Special Fund balance, $15 million
--State Airports Fund balance, $15 million
--Reduce Higher Education Service Office reserves, $30 million
--Delay sales tax refunds on capital equipment, $50 million
Some cuts to specific state agency grants and programs:
--State band, $300
--Voter equipment grant, $950,000
--Metro greenways grants, $171,000
--Sale of state jet, $750,000
--Ethanol production subsidy, $26.8 million
--Folk art grants, $344,000
--New autism program, $557,000
--Fetal alcohol syndrome grant, $106,000
--Adoption assistance, $584,000
--Battered women program grants, $56,000
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ST. PAUL -- The short-term budget fix Gov. Tim Pawlenty outlined Tuesday would cause some scrapes and bruises, but few crippling injuries to state-backed programs.
Most players realize the $468 million savings package is only the warm-up to more paralyzing cuts the Republican governor is sure to seek in next month's plan to close the remaining $4 billion gap.
There was grumbling Tuesday, but the early response was generally tame among those touched by Pawlenty's plan.
Inside and outside the Capitol, in pro-labor and pro-business groups, and among Democrats and Republicans, the strategy debate has already begun: Despite the sting of these cuts, is it worth standing in Pawlenty's way now when he has the ability to inflict more harm later?
"Round Two is going to be so hard and so painful that I think everybody needs to try to avoid creating enemies now," said Peter Benner, a state employee union leader. "We're going to have ample opportunities to get really mad at each other down the road."
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president David Olson, who wasn't thrilled about the plans to use workers compensation funds and delay special tax refunds for businesses that upgrade manufacturing equipment, put a similar spin on it.
"We're in for the long haul," he said. "We're not going to raise a stink about this."
The projected deficit number Pawlenty and the Legislature are working from is more likely to get worse than better, according to the state economist, and it doesn't assume across-the-board inflation like past forecasts did. Pawlenty recently started referring to the budget problem as one exceeding $5 billion.
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