Duluth leaders go after Pawlenty

Duluth leaders say Gov. Tim Pawlenty clearly doesn’t get it when he bad-mouths their city as the poster child for bad budgeting. The governor denigrated the city’s 14 percent increase earlier this week when discussing ways to deal with the state revenue downturn.

But Duluth Mayor Don Ness tells the Duluth News Tribune that the governor doesn’t have all the facts.

“I’m not sure if the governor is aware of the steps the city has taken to cut our costs and, unfortunately, cut our services to our citizens,” Ness said, “and in doing so not passing burdens along to taxpayers.”

Still, city officials worry the governor comments mean he’ll try to reduce the city’s local state aid. And that fires up City Council Member Sharla Gardner: “This is the same governor who said Minnesota didn’t need any money from the feds? So he’s turning down money for aid from the feds, then chastising us? He can’t have it both ways. He has been starving us, not providing the local governments with the aid that we’ve been needing, which is why we have to do this.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 12/05/2008 - 04:08 pm.

    I believe the governor has a “thought chip” implanted in the back of his neck that feeds lines to the speech areas of his brain; for example:

    “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”

  2. Submitted by Tom Poe on 12/07/2008 - 09:22 am.

    Pawlenty might want to consider what worked in the 30’s and what didn’t. Someone needs to take out their big crayolas and remind him Hoover ideas didn’t work then, and they won’t work now.

  3. Submitted by Reggie McGurt on 12/11/2008 - 01:01 pm.

    Pass-the-buck Pawlenty has shown that he is incapable of making tough decisions at the State level, so he just forces cities and counties to make cuts.

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