STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Pawlenty ups spending in down economy
Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's newest budget plan increases education, courts and other spending, despite a worsening economy.
And he still opposes raising state taxes, although Democrats say ... Posted on 3/17/09 at 12:30 PM
Some Minnesota lawmakers were looking to the federal government for help with a giant deficit as the Legislature convened on Tuesday. Others focused on cutting costs as small as stamps.
Legislators must balance the books on a $4.8 billion shortfall, a hole that could get deeper when budget watchers update their projections next month. They’ve got 4½ months until the end of the regular session.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty today announced plans to cut $271 million out of the state budget, including reducing $66 million from payments that cities and $44 million that counties had expected to receive a week from today. Cities planned to receive $280 million and counties $165 million.
Don Davis email@example.com
, December 19, 2008
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