DFL Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul has been wearing a button that has a picture of Pinocchio with a circle and a red line through it.
Hausman said she was wearing the button with the hopes that everyone negotiates in good faith over the final weeks of the session. She wouldn't say when asked if the button was directed at the University of Minnesota and Governor Pawlenty.
The U of M has been raising some hackles in recent weeks because of its shifting stance on the Central Corridor Light Rail Line. Governor Pawlenty vetoed funding for Central Corridor in the bonding bill but included the proposal in his latest budget offer.
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