Gov. Tim Pawlenty told MPR reporter Tom Scheck over the weekend that some unallotment plans will be unveiled this week.
“We’ll probably have some proposals this coming week, but they won’t be finalized until after that,” Pawlenty said. But he didn’t say which day this week, Scheck reports in the MPR blog Polinaut.
The outline for the governor’s unallotment plan — needed to resolve the $2.7 billion state budget after he vetoed two tax bills and declined to call the Legislature back for a special session — will be something like this:
“The way we’ve got it structured is that we’ll say, ‘Here’s what we’re planning to do and proposing to do’ and then we’ll take some more input, get some reaction from the Legislative Advisory Commission and perhaps some other stakeholders and perhaps we’ll finalize it down the road,” Pawlenty said.
Likely cuts include Health and Human Services programs, aid to local government and higher education are possible targets for cuts. Money for K-12 school programs appear safe, although he likely will delay payments, which could create financing problems for some schools districts.
Lawsuits over whether he’s legally using the unallotment power are possible.