Pawlenty veto leaves budget void as session erodes

There are 55 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 11, 2010, titled Pawlenty veto leaves budget void as session erodes. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty made good Tuesday on his threat to veto a Democratic plan to repair Minnesota's budget because the bill includes a tax increase.

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Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#42 May 11, 2010
Rachel wrote:
Maybe it would be even fairer to have a tax bracket...anyone who earns 30,000/year pays 5%, 31,001-50,000 pays 7%, 51,001-100,000 pays 9%, 100,001-150,000 pays 11% and so on and so forth...
Basically punish people for success??

How about this instead....since our government operated at much lower levels of spending (even after considering inflation). That when the budget gets tight, they lower spending, instead of increasing taxes.

Otherwise, I see nothing that puts downward pressure on spending. Only encourages an environment without consequences for frivolous decisions with other people's money.

Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#43 May 11, 2010
downwithtbags wrote:
<quoted text>Good luck in your pitiful state with your fellow teabaggres.
I don't understand how it's necessary to use sexual references to address someone.
How would you like it if I called you a c@nt?
Of course I wouldn't because that would demonstrate that I have to use mindless personal attacks instead of logic.
Minn

Saint Paul, MN

#44 May 11, 2010
kecker wrote:
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Basically punish people for success??
You're so oppressed.
rara62

Saint Paul, MN

#45 May 11, 2010
Just one question: Who has been in charge for the last 8 years? You can't blame this mess on the Dems because we all know that King Tim has done exactly what HE has wanted. This happened on HIS watch. If HE didn't like it, HE vetoed it. HE didn't think about anyone else. So quit blaming everyone else you whimp.
If you are self employed

Saint Paul, MN

#46 May 11, 2010
rara62 wrote:
Just one question: Who has been in charge for the last 8 years? You can't blame this mess on the Dems because we all know that King Tim has done exactly what HE has wanted. This happened on HIS watch. If HE didn't like it, HE vetoed it. HE didn't think about anyone else. So quit blaming everyone else you whimp.
Now you need the civics lesson, all Pawlenty can do is propose(and in some limited fashion after the court case, unallot), the legislature makes the legislation.
rara62

Saint Paul, MN

#47 May 11, 2010
If you are self employed wrote:
<quoted text>Now you need the civics lesson, all Pawlenty can do is propose(and in some limited fashion after the court case, unallot), the legislature makes the legislation.
Thanks for the civics lesson. He broke the law in his attempts to have control-do you actually follow what is going on or do you just teach civics?
Minn

Saint Paul, MN

#48 May 11, 2010
If you are self employed wrote:
<quoted text>Now you need the civics lesson, all Pawlenty can do is propose(and in some limited fashion after the court case, unallot), the legislature makes the legislation.
It's not Tim's fault!
If you are self employed

Saint Paul, MN

#49 May 11, 2010
Minn wrote:
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It's not Tim's fault!
Its not only Tim's fault, and I agree with holding the line on spending and new taxes.
Minn

Saint Paul, MN

#50 May 11, 2010
If you are self employed wrote:
<quoted text>Its not only Tim's fault, and I agree with holding the line on spending and new taxes.
Are you saying Tim Pawlenty doesn't know how to use a veto?

Buck doesn't stop with the leader if there's an "R" after their name?
If you are self employed

Saint Paul, MN

#51 May 11, 2010
Minn wrote:
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Are you saying Tim Pawlenty doesn't know how to use a veto?
Buck doesn't stop with the leader if there's an "R" after their name?
He can't write legislation, and if the things he proposes never come up for a vote, you only see the negative of his policies. That's OK, at least it kept the DFL in check for 8 years. The buck does stop with the leader, and thats why, in the absence of balanced proposals by the legislature, his veto pen has been well used.
Minn

Saint Paul, MN

#52 May 11, 2010
If you are self employed wrote:
<quoted text>He can't write legislation, and if the things he proposes never come up for a vote, you only see the negative of his policies. That's OK, at least it kept the DFL in check for 8 years. The buck does stop with the leader, and thats why, in the absence of balanced proposals by the legislature, his veto pen has been well used.
Say one thing, then another!
Escape Minnesota

Plymouth, MN

#53 May 11, 2010
Once again the DFL legislature has run out the session with NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT!!!

The Gov needs to have another option, "Cancel a legislative session".

In addition to calling a special session he needs to be able to cancel an entire session. The DFL controlled legislature has accomplished NOTHING in 2010!!

NOTHING!!!!!
LGA Larry

Minneapolis, MN

#54 May 11, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
"Legistature(s) met the Governor more than half way." Doughnut Gut Kelliher. Yeah right. First they intentionally over bloat the budget then they calim they cut back. That's like Kelliher going too Jenny Craig with a Steamer Trunk full of doughnuts and claiming a refund because she didn't loose any weight.
Since the session began in early February, the DFL has sat around and collected pay, mileage, per diem, and lodging while doing virtually nothing to solve this fiscal crisis. Yes, Governor Pawlenty did manage to bring them to the negotiating table to agree on $312 million worth of the solution, but we're still hundreds of millions short.

The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Senate DFL Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller demanded that the Governor produce a budget plan immediately last December so the legislature could get to work... Pawlenty's plan has now been on the table for nearly 3 months.

http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/mem...

These DFL leaders have been in office for decades and know how the legislative process works. Like college students with a paper due tomorrow, they are procrastinating and hoping that somehow tax money will fall out of the sky and save them from cutting spending.

The DFL's lack of a budget solution isn't the only shirking of obligations they've been thinking about lately. Last week, the aforementioned DFL Senator Pogemiller mentioned in a press conference that he thought it would be acceptable if the legislature took a two-week break from mid to late April since "there wasn't much left to do." Capitol sources corroborated this plan, saying that DFL legislative leadership had reached out to GOP leadership to gauge their interest in going along with the plan. The GOP said no. It's especially outrageous to think that the DFL was talking about a spring break when they JUST TOOK ONE! The legislature was on break from March 30 to April 6.

How much time off do these people want? If any of us in the private sector thought about this much time off, especially when our work wasn't done, we'd be fired.
Minn

Saint Paul, MN

#56 May 12, 2010
Pawlenty's never around. Your silence about that is instructive.

Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#57 May 12, 2010
Minn wrote:
Pawlenty's never around. Your silence about that is instructive.
He vetoed the tax bill within 24 hours of it passing the house, clearly he's keeping an eye on things.

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