CHICAGO - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty yesterday balanced the $57 billion fiscal 2010-11 budget by slashing or deferring $2.7 billion of funding for local government aid, health and human services, and education.

Pawlenty's action makes good on his pledge last month to balance the budget on his own, without a special session, after lawmakers adopted spending bills that lacked sufficient revenues to cover all of their proposed spending.

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