Posted at 5:42 PM on February 27, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty has been making the rounds in Minnesota's business community since he announced his budget plan on January 27th.
His public events schedule says he's spoken to 20 business related groups between January 28th and February 27th. They include 15 local chambers of commerce, the Independent Community Bankers, the Anoka Area Rotary Club, Enterprise MN, the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties and Silent Power (a renewable energy manufacturer). Pawlenty's busiest speaking day to business groups was on February 17th. He spoke to the Faribault, Owatonna and Winona Chambers of Commerce on that day.
Pawlenty may have some work to do if he wants to visit every local chamber before the end of session. An official with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce says they are affiliated with/work with about 130 local chambers of commerce.
As you already know, Pawlenty has proposed a bunch of business tax breaks with the hopes that it will stimulate the economy.
You can see what Pawlenty is saying to business groups here.
UPDATE: Jim Pumarlo, with the MN Chamber, says Pawlenty has another 15 visits to local chambers of commerce over the next few weeks.