According to Finance & Commerce, Gov. Pawlenty’s plan to use Health Care Access Fund monies to fill the budget deficit may conflict with current state law. The paper notes that in 2003, DFL State Sen. Linda Berglin sucessfully sponsored legislation prohibiting such transfers for “non-health purposes.”
A Pawlenty spokesperson says the proposed $250 million transfer is OK because it forestalls health care budget cuts, though DFLers might argue that’s not a strict constructionist reading of the law.
Of course, the law can always be changed, but the legislature doesn’t seem so inclined at the moment.