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Lege leaders, Pawlenty meet tomorrow about budget

DFL legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty will square off against each other — privately — in a 10 a.m. meeting Wednesday.

DFL leadership and Gov. Tim Pawlenty will meet Wednesday, April 16, on the $935 million dollar budget shortfall. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, House Majority Leader Tony Sertich and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark will sit opposite the guv at the 10 a.m. session.

The DFLers’ press release claims that the lawmakers wanted the meeting in “a public setting,” but that the governor wanted it in private.

There’s certainly bad blood between the two factions after the transportation bill veto override and bonding bill cuts, so perhaps this is a step in the right direction to solving the state’s budget problem. Then again, more than one Capitiol observer cracked yesterday that the meeting could ensure that nothing gets solved.