Gov. Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders are spending the day spinning their take on the 2009 legislative session.
MPR News will provide live coverage of Pawlenty's 12:30 news conference.
The Star Tribune says Pawlenty's decision to cut spending on his own has risks.
Safety net hospitals are worried about the impact of cuts including the elimination of General Assistance Medical Care in 2010.
Higher ed cuts could mean a tuition increase.
Gov. Pawlenty says he'll veto a bill that allows terminally ill patients to use marijuana to treat their pain. The House and Senate passed the bill yesterday.
He will sign a bill that allows law enforcement to pull over a motorist for not wearing their seat belt.
The Senate never acted on the confirmations of DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy and DOLI Commissioner Steve Sviggum.
The Legislature will return on 2/4 for the 2010 session.
I just woke up and don't have the time/stamina to write-thru stories on Congress and elections. I'll pick that up tomorrow.
Posted at 11:59 AM on May 19, 2009
by Tom Scheck
MPR News will provide live coverage of Gov. Pawlenty's news conference at 12:30.
Here's a look at what lawmakers did on the final day of the session.
In response to an earlier question, the Minnesota Senate did not take up the confirmation votes of DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy and DOLI Commissioner Steve Sviggum.
Posted at 7:36 PM on May 19, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty announced today that he will move forward with his plans to balance the budget on his own. He talked with reporters today - just one day after the 2009 legislative session ended. Pawlenty and DFLers in control of the Legislature could not reach agreement on a two year budget. Pawlenty said he will not call lawmakers back and and will cut spending on his own through a process known as unallotment. Here are his remarks
Pawlenty said it was his "duty" to unallot spending but some don't see it that way. As MPR's Tim Pugmire reports, DFL Representative Ryan Winkler said schools, cities and other groups facing unallotment may be able to successfully sue in court.