Whether Gov. Tim Pawlenty acted legally when he cut $2.7 million from the state budget last summer may rest on whether Minnesota Supreme Court justices think the Legislature has given the governor a right to trim budgets.
Bills to restrict a governor's ability to unilaterally cut budgets are being introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, and the state Supreme Court says it will accept cities' input when it considers the issue this spring.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty violated the state constitution when he cut a relatively small program as he tried to fix a $2.7 billion budget deficit this summer, a judge said in a ruling that could open the door to more legal challenges.
Cooperative Network, the trade association for Minnesota and Wisconsin cooperative businesses, celebrates Governor Tim Pawlenty’s recent signing of an official proclamation declaring October “Co-op Month” in Minnesota.
Flood prevention and recovery projects will be fully funded, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty trimmed a public works funding bill, saying legislators want to spend too much. He did, however, approve a $2 million request for an Alexandria aircraft surveillance facility.
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