There's been a lot of talk around the Capitol this week about the $200 million in unobligated cash Republican leadership asked the Minnesota Managment and Budget (MMB) Office to cut from state government as part of their $1 billion budget-cutting bill. Numbers from MMB show the state has $194 million total in unobligated dollars.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting $263 million in federal funds.
Estimates vary, but few believe there are more than eight people in Minnesota who actually understand the state's byzantine formula for funding K-12 education. Those seeking to scale the heights of K-12 finance would do well to spend the long weekend poring over a new 60-page report on the subject from the state House Fiscal Analysis Office.
The DFL leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate responded this afternoon to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speedy veto of the DFL's plan to plug a $3 billion budget deficit with a letter accusing him of failing to put aside his "rigid ideology" and his "political concerns."
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who once criticized a DFL tax proposal as "profoundly stupid," gets creative in denouncing the latest salvo in the budget battle.
by Charley Shaw
Published: March 17, 2010
Tags: 2010 legislative session, 2010-11 budget, 21st Century Minerals Fund, Ann Lenczewski, County program aid, Doug Johnson Fund, House Energy Finance and Policy Division, Local Government Aid, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Richard Cohen, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Bakk, Tom Rukavina
DFL legislators are nearly ready with the first portion of their planned “three-tier” solution to Minnesota’s current $1 billion budget deficit.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities are asking Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special legislative session to address the state's anticipated $1.2 billion budget deficit at the end of the 2010-2011 biennium.
Since the close of the 2009 legislative session in St. Paul, the normally combative Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, has been polite but persistent in his attempts to keep his elected colleagues and the general public cognizant of the economic tsunami poised to lay waste to the state’s general fund budget in the coming years.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had scarcely stepped away from the podium Tuesday afternoon after delivering his budget proposal for the 2010-11 biennium before the first salvos of official reaction statements began popping into inboxes. "At the U, we are fully prepared to do our part to deal with this state budget problem," University of Minnesota [...]
It was a grim scene at the Department of Revenue’s headquarters, the Stassen building, as GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty‘s budget got released. Folks on hand that were lucky enough to get folders of the documents also received a nice little CD with what was deemed the entirety of the budget proposal, currently also available online [...]