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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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty would chop many parts of the state budget -- including dropping 84,000 people off state-funded health care programs -- but promises to increase public school funding and keeping public safety programs mostly untouched. The Republican governor's solution to a nearly $5 billion deficit that most experts expect to grow dramatically in coming weeks included deep cuts in state aid to cities, eliminating boards governing humanities and arts programs and a 5 percent cut in most government programs.
ST. PAUL - Local governments, health providers, colleges and pretty much every other group that depends on state money took a punch in the gut today when Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his proposed budget for the next two years. Pawlenty's budget plan calls for $33.6 billion in spending, down 2 percent from the state's existing $34.4 billion budget. The announcement is the start of substantive budget discussions at the Capitol. "The upcoming budget debate should not just be about where we are now. It should be about where we're headed," Pawlenty said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators smiled Thursday when they heard about one of the few bright spots in the 2009 legislative session. In a time when lawmakers must deal with a massive budget deficit affecting nearly every state program, Sen.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty threatened, in a sense, Minnesota lawmakers in his State of the State speech. "One hundred years ago, John Johnson, another 48-year-old Minnesota governor, returned from the national campaign trail, stood on this very spot and called the state to unity, efficiency and investment," Pawlenty said, his recent history of campaigning to become John McCain's running mate left unsaid. "He dropped dead a few months later. "To my friends in the Legislature, you may not be so lucky.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty took the lead on Minnesota budget dance Thursday, calling for a variety of business tax cuts while at the same time increasing education spending. But Democrats may cut in because they don't like some of the Republican's steps. Legislators said that the wish list Pawlenty presented in his State of the State speech was the beginning of long performance. "The process is a dance," Rep.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty today pleaded with legislators not to raise Minnesotans' taxes while he also called for more education spending, but with strings attached. In his annual State of the State speech, Pawlenty also said he wants to freeze all state wages. Many of his proposals center around giving businesses tax breaks in hopes they will inspire firms to hire more Minnesotans. Pawlenty did not lay out details of his spending plan; that will come before month's end.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin can save millions of dollars if they work closer together -- on things such as bulk purchases of salt for roads and food for prisoners -- the states' governors said Tuesday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Legislators have yet to begin balancing the next Minnesota state budget, but already are being warned that the $4.85 billion deficit they face is nothing compared to what is to come in future years. "The problem, in fact, is going to get worse," ex-state Finance Commissioner Jay Kiedrowski said. Kiedrowski and Kevin Goodno, a former state representative from Moorhead and state human services commissioner, co-chaired a commission to make suggestions about how to handle future state budgets.
ST. PAUL -- Schools save money when they combine business office services, so Gov. Tim Pawlenty and a coalition of state legislators want to require cooperation. A bill being considered would require many school purchases to be made only from approved vendors that might provide lower prices because they buy in bulk. "There are 340 school districts and 150 charter schools in the state, but back-room functions don't need to be duplicated 490 times," Pawlenty said Wednesday in introducing the concept.