Pawlenty talks unallotment, veto plans

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty will veto the tax bill, sign the primary seatbelt bill, veto the medical marijuana and omnibus elections bills — and he’s not sure yet about the outdoors and cultural heritage dedicated funding bill.


The governor made these announcements at a press conference in which he also criticized DFL leaders for legislative session “failures” that he said “speak for themselves.”


“The legislators are gone, and they’re not coming back,” said Pawlenty, reiterating his promise that there would be no special session or government shutdown to resolve the state’s lingering budget deficit. Instead, Pawlenty said he will use unallotment and other statutory executive powers to pare down the state’s budget himself.

The governor said he will discuss unallotment options with his cabinet Thursday, and said he would consult with stakeholder groups and possibly even lawmakers before finalizing his plans. He hopes to have all plans finalized and publicly announced before July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.

The governor emphasized that while some unallotments may occur as early as July 1, others may have to wait until as late as fiscal year 2011. He also confirmed that he will use his statutory powers to emulate proposed shifts in K-12 payments.

Pawlenty invited ordinary Minnesotans to submit their own budget-balancing ideas at budgetideas@state.mn.us.

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