When Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced there’d be no special session and that he would use unallotment to solve the state budget deficit, he asked legislators for help in deciding what items to cut on his quest to eliminate $2.7 billion in state spending.
So far, no response, says Minnesota Public Radio.
DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller says the House and Senate just spent five months offering ideas and he’s not sure the governor was listening. But he had some thoughts for the governor:
“I hope that he would consider the seriousness of his actions,” said Pogemiller, “and consider the repercussions for people who might lose health care, or whose property taxes will go up, or who will have larger class sizes for their children and who get laid off from their job. I hope he considers that as he makes these decisions.”
The governor also asked the public to weigh in on the cuts and Pawlenty heard from 1,500 people, via email, in the past week, said spokesman Brian McClung.