The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees is urging Gov. Pawlenty to put his presidential aspirations on hold. In a news release, MAPE executive director Jim Monroe says Pawlenty should do the job he's elected to do:
"Once again, the dire economic news released today paints a very bleak picture for the people of Minnesota.
"Last May, MAPE outlined millions of dollars in waste that included out-of-state travel, uncollected revenue and the Pawlenty Administration's bloated management. The result of MAPE shining the light on certain administration practices was $10 million trimmed from out-of-state travel and the Department of Revenue stepping up collection efforts on money owed to our state. These are positive steps, but more action is needed to cut waste to preserve vital services for Minnesotans.
"Governor Pawlenty, with Minnesota facing a $1.2 billion state budget deficit for the remainder of this biennium, we ask that you put your presidential aspirations on hold, focus on the job you were elected to perform, sit down with us and work together to resolve the state's ongoing economic crisis."
Side note: Pawlenty is out of the state tomorrow. He's travelling to Michigan to attend a prayer breakfast. He'll be in Chicago to attend a fundraiser for his PAC.
Has anyone at MPR suggested doing a story about whether Pawlenty is putting in a full-time week and using vacation time for all this traveling?