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Minnesota politics: survey of opinions; Pawlenty health veto reaction; Coleman brief; the ash borer spreads.

Results of Survey USA News Poll regarding Minnesota Government are here.

Hospitals react sharply to Pawlenty health veto

Saint Paul, MN — Governor Tim Pawlenty followed through on his pledge to rein in state spending with or without the legislature. He used a line-item veto to surgically remove $381 million from a health plan for low income adults without children.

The cuts to General Assistance Medical Care, or G.A.M.C., will take effect in July of 2010, according to Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman, and strip eligibility from 30,000 persons. He told lawmakers Friday those persons must earn less than $7,800 per year to qualify for the program.

Coleman files final brief in State Supreme Court case

Norm Coleman wants all voters who “substantially complied” with state rules governing absentee ballots to have their votes counted. In a brief filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court today, the former senator argues that the case should be sent back to the trial court under orders to consider 4,400 rejected absentee ballots for possible inclusion in the vote tally.

Following a seven-week trial, a three-judge panel determined that Al Franken won the U.S. Senate contest by 312 votes — a decision that Coleman has appealed to the state’s top court.
Minnesota Independent

Officials issue ash borer quarantine in 2 counties

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — A state quarantine has been issued on firewood, ash trees and ash tree products in two Minnesota counties after this week’s discovery of emerald ash borer.

The quarantine took effect Friday in Hennepin and Ramsey County. An infestation of the tree pest was discovered the day before in a line of trees outside a row of St. Paul town homes.

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