Posted at 3:33 PM on May 19, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
Since the session adjourned without a budget deal, I opened an online discussion about Minnesota's fiscal and political uncertainty. What are the implications? What grade would you give the legislature this year?
"So ... Pawlenty has made himself the Czar of Minnesota?"
- Peter Joseph Swanson
"Given the fact that the Governor presented his (initial) version of a budget in January, and the Democrat-controlled legislature piddled around until May, I have no sympathy for the Legislature's position, and the Democrat's role in this fiasco in particular."
- Jim H.
"What grade would I give the legislature this year? EE for Excellent Effort. A for willingness to compromise. A for legislation passed and sent to the guv.
What grade would I give the governor this year? I for Incomplete; he failed to show up. 133 (calendar) days preening oneself for a position in the Federal Government may pass as leadership, in a sense, but he should have taken four months off from the 2010/2012 campaigns and paid some attention to the plight of his Minnesota constituency, especially those of us out here in Greater Minnesota."
- Dan Martin
"No, he's not the CZAR. EVERYTHING HE'S DOING IS LEGAL AND PER MINNESOTA LAW! They had 5 months to come up with a solution, they didn't. Now State law says he can do this. So he will. 'E-85? What's this? Quiz Bowl?' Remember that?"
- Winston Smith
Agree? Disagree? There are multiple perspectives. Share your own comments about session 2009.