T-Paw's Veto Pen
Posted at 6:31 PM on February 14, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty went to St. Cloud yesterday to give the annual State of the State and issued a warning to lawmakers, one that might have some effect on MFL scoring: he hasn't forgotten where he put his veto pen, and he's ready to use it if any tax increases float across his desk.
How that plays out for the MFL, we can't foresee, but it could both help and hurt your lawmakers. If the governor vetoes your team's bills, that's 50 points down the drain. But on the other hand, if he vetoes them and then they're overridden by the Legislature, a real possibility this session with the strength of the DFL in both chambers, you earn the big kahuna - 100 points. So the governor's veto pen could indirectly help some teams too.
Right now, we're still entering the hundreds of bills filed and heard in committee during these first busy days of the session. In the future, these blog postings will be more frequent, and tomorrow we'll delve into the standings after the first week and give some respect to the teams that have already shown they know how to spot legislative talent.
In his speech in St. Cloud on Wednesday, Governor Pawlenty paid tribute to Al Loehr, a former mayor of St. Cloud, former Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs, and currently working for Congressman Collin Peterson. Mr. Loehr has over 50 years of public service and still gives testimony to committees at the legislature on veterans' issues.
Mr. Loehr has been reading the Administration's Budget Plan for Fy2009, and discovered the Bush Administration is still trying to balance the budget for Veterans' Affairs by increasing co-pays for medicine, and charging enrollment fees to new veterans enrolling in VA health care, as he reported at the February meeting of the United Veterans Legislative Council in St. Paul.
Veterans' preference in hiring was diluted by state legislation circa 1975. Look for a change this year with new legislation. Mr. Loehr is one of those shining examples of why hiring preference should be given to military veterans.
There were many legislators doing their work at the Capitol and State Office Building on Wednesday while the governor was in St. Cloud. 'Second Chance Day' was held at the Capitol Rotunda, with two legislators speaking, and others attending.
Sen Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen, a member of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees spoke, along with Rep. Michael Paymar of St. Paul, who cited $335 Million as the annual cost of operating Minnesota's state prisons.
We are good at handing out punishment, they said, and the label 'ex-convict' makes it hard for many Minnesotans to secure employment, housing, and loans.
Author of two books on domestic violence, Paymar said we need to focus on rehabilitation.
Attendees at 'Second Chance Day' included people that communicated via hand-held signs with messages like 'We just want to work,' and G.G. Vadnais, who passed out samples of his poetry with a statement of being wrongly convicted in the court - and also in the newspaper 'by an unscrupulous and dishonest columnist.'
Rep. Willy Dominguez of Minneapolis told me "My work is here. This issue [Second Chance] is important to my constituents."
At Lenten Service Wednesday evening, the pastor's message was centered on Matthew 18:21.
"Then Peter approaching asked him, "Lord if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?" "
22 Jesus answered, "I say to you not seven times but seventy-seven times."
Yes, I believe in separation of church and state.
But forgiveness doesn't happen only in church.
Posted by Nancy | February 16, 2008 2:02 PM