Gov. Tim Pawlenty has just signed the state bonding bill, but he cut nearly one-third of the $1 billion that legislators had earmarked for construction projects around the state.
And he told DFL legislators that he was disappointed, in no uncertain terms:
“I am deeply disappointed that the bill still spends nearly $1 billion despite my repeated and pointed warnings that I would not sign a bill of this magnitude,” he wrote.
“As usual, I have been left to reduce spending within the bill to an affordable level. The DFL-controlled legislature seems incapable of prioritizing projects or simply saying no. So, I have again done it for you.”
His vetoes reduce the bill from nearly $1 billion to $680 million. Details of his cuts take up seven pages of his letter (PDF).