CHICAGO - Each facing multibillion-dollar budget deficits, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle yesterday announced a new partnership between the two states to identify areas in which they can trim costs by sharing services.

The two governors, who represent neighboring states, signed executive orders at news conferences, first in St. Paul and later in Madison, directing their agency heads to look for areas in which the two states could enter into cooperative service agreements.

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