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Governor Pawlenty speaks in Worthington on budget, education


Gov. Tim Pawlenty continued a series of state-wide visits with a 40-minute speech to 50 members of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce Thursday, talking about the state’s budget and the need for improvements in education.

And he told a joke, said the story in the Worthington Daily Globe:

“He relayed a story about a man who rushes into a bar and orders the bartender to quickly make him seven whiskeys, then adds ‘make ‘em doubles.’ The bartender then asks the man why he’s in such a hurry.

“‘You’d be in such a hurry if you got what I got.’ The bartender says, ‘What you got?’

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“The guy says ‘A buck-25,’ Pawlenty said.”

The point being, the state, too, is living beyond its means.

The governor also reiterated his plan to cut business taxes and continue teacher merit pay and said it would be a mistake to raise state taxes.