Governor Says “No Special Session” as Deadline Approaches
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty says there will be no special session. The Republican governor made it clear, Thursday, that he believes a resolution to the state’s $4.6 billion budget deficit will come by Monday’s session deadline. The governor is proposing cuts and shifts, and is vowing not to raise taxes. Pawlenty said, Thursday, that he would use line-item vetoes and his unallotment authority in July to bring the state budget into balance.
In a press release, Pawlenty stated, “If the DFL cannot balance this budget without reaching into Minnesotans’ pockets and increasing our already uncompetitive taxes in ways that will kill job growth, I’m prepared to make the tough decisions they’ve avoided and take action to balance the budget.”
The Governor issued a $381-million cut to General Assistance Medical Care in fiscal year 2011. Chair of Health and Human Services Finance, DFL Representative Tom Huntley is of Duluth says the governor’s cut leaves hospitals in the dark.
DFL legislators are proposing raising taxes to balance the budget, an idea Pawlenty says he does not support. He said, “I’m willing to work with the DFL on a reasonable plan, but I’m not willing to let them squeeze more money out of taxpayers and further burden job creators and employers in the midst of the toughest economy in more than 60 years.”
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Keliher says she wants to see more compromise on the side of the Governor.