Thursday, May 14, 2009

Governor to Legislature:

"Go ahead, make my day..."

From the Strib:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he will use line-item vetoes and his authority to pull back spending to balance the state budget.

He said there will be no special session or government shutdown.

The Republican governor said he would prefer to work out a budget deal with Democrats who control the Legislature, but he says they are spending more than the state has.

He said the session will end no later than Monday at midnight.

Minnesota faces a projected shortfall of $4.6 billion over the next two years.

Pawlenty said his cuts could hit public health and welfare programs, public schools, higher education and aid to cities and counties.

He vetoed a $1 billion tax increase.

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