CHICAGO - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty yesterday unveiled a revised budget proposal for the next biennium that increases public school funding, restores some cuts to funding for state colleges and universities, and raises spending on health care programs.
The changes were made to reflect an additional $278 million available to spend in the budget from the federal stimulus that was not calculated in the original budget proposal unveiled in January. The funds were added to the formal revenue forecast released by the state's management and budget office earlier this month. The additional funds cut some red ink in the deficit, which now stands at $4.6 billion.