With Minnesota locked in a budget battle that has led to a 14-day (and counting) state shutdown, the New York Times looks at Tim Pawlenty’s record on budget matters during his eight-year term as governor.
The story looks at how he outfoxed the DFL-led Legislature during his final budget negotiations, by vetoing the tax bill and then using emergency powers to make $2.7 billion in cuts.
But the story also notes that:
… his record includes what critics say was an overreliance on one-time accounting maneuvers that failed to address the underlying problems.
More scrutiny is being cast on Pawlenty’s record, because the shutdown:
… is over how to close a $5 billion deficit that the state finance department says is largely the result of holes left by Mr. Pawlenty’s final budget.
Of course, he’s not the only one having his gubernatorical actions placed under the microscope:
Mr. Pawlenty is hardly alone among presidential aspirants in having a record as governor that complicates his efforts to advance a clear-cut image. Mitt Romney is shadowed by the health care plan he signed in Massachusetts. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. may come under scrutiny by conservatives for advancing civil unions for same-sex couples in Utah.