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Will federal millions come to Gov. Pawlenty’s rescue?


Gov. Tim Pawlenty included a $387 million stimulus payment from the federal government as part of his budget fix Monday, even though the funding has not been approved by Congress.

It’s a big chunk of his attempt to solve the $1.2 billion budget problem.

Now, Republican Congressman John Kline is telling the Star Tribune that the federal funding might not be a slam-dunk.

The paper says:

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“There is no guarantee,” said Kline, who represents Minnesota’s 2nd District. “My crystal ball is in pretty bad shape for what Washington is going to do.”

Congressional leaders are rethinking which bills to pass now that Democrats have lost their filibuster-proof supermajority, Kline said.

“I can’t tell you what legislation is going to come up or in what form,” he said. “Frankly put, there are politics involved here.”

And congressional Republicans aren’t thrilled with the idea of more stimulus payments, the paper said.

The extra money that would help ease Minnesota’s budget woes would contribute to soaring federal spending and deficits, something many Republicans have criticized.

When it comes to the federal money needed in Pawlenty’s budget, the governor can’t count on Kline’s vote.

“In terms of federal government spending, I would go in as a skeptic that additional stimulus is a good idea,” Kline said.