A transportation funding bill is now headed to Gov. Pawlenty, who just said on his radio show that he'll veto the bill:
"This bill is too large. We have families and individuals who are struggling to pay for fuel costs, to pay for health care costs, to pay for food costs and the economy is flat and declining in many ways nationally and yet we have a $7 billion tax increase."
It's not clear whether the governor will veto the bill today or when he's in Washington for this weekend's National Governors Association Winter meetings.
The governor just said on his show that he'll veto the bill today.
Here's a breakdown of the bill.
KSTP has a story questioning the number of jobs created by the transportation funding package.
Gov. Pawlenty, GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar attended a memorial service for the children who died in the Cottonwood bus crash.
Illegal immigration may also be popping up as an issue if a Fox9 report is true that the driver in the crash was an illegal immigrant.
Reuters says Northwest and Delta are getting pressure from Minnesota.
The Health Department says more flu cases don't match the vaccine.
The state fines a company that lost workers in a St. Paul sewer flood.
Whitewater State Park is set to reopen.
Gov. Pawlenty will attend a roundtable at Wasau Paper in Brainerd in March.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will hold a forum on the economy in Moorhead.
GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned in this Washington Post story on potential "irregularities" in the NRCC's financial audit process.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is calling for a congressional hearing on the NWA/Delta merger.
2008 Race for President
The Star Tribune says Barack Obama raked in the dough in Minnesota.
2008 Race for the U.S. Senate
Democrat Al Franken visits International Falls.
2008 Race for Congress
The MNGOP will hold an endorsement signing ceremony in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. Randy Demmer and Brian Davis will sign it. Dick Day said earlier this week that he's running in the primary.
GOP Convention hosts are seeking more businesses for an incentive program.
Posted at 2:19 PM on February 22, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The coffee beans, that is. Governor Pawlenty's weekly radio show briefly went off the air this morning after the governor accidentally spilled coffee on the control board. I didn't hear the silence since I was listening online but he did fess up:
"I should just confess that I spilled some coffee into the control board here and now we're experiencing a delay so we can't take calls. This is not good" (laughs).
Will someone please buy the governor a travel mug?
Oh, I forgot to mention that the governor also vetoed the transportation bill this afternoon. House Speaker Margaret Kelliher said she expects to take up the veto override on Monday.
Posted at 5:39 PM on February 22, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty vetoed the transportation bill today. DFL House Speaker Margaret Kelliher said they will hold the override vote on Monday. That means there will be plenty of politickin' going on over the weekend.
The Taxpayers League and the Minnesota Republican Party are urging supporters to contact lawmakers to ask them to uphold the governor's veto.
Supporters are also upping the ante. The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota say they're urging the six Republicans who voted for the bill to continue to back it. They are also lobbying the two Democrats who voted against it to vote for the override. Fresh Energy is also running this ad.