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Sens. Matt Schmit of Red Wing (right) and Foung Hawj of St. Paul talk Thursday. Senators debated bills to fund education and health programs.

Lawmakers seek more health care changes

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota already is on track to establish a new way for its residents to buy health insurance, and now legislators are poised to change how the state takes care of its elderly, disabled and poor.

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On a 36-28 vote, Senators early Friday approved their plan to spend $11.2 billion in the next two years for health care, which is second only to public school funding in the $38 billion state budget.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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