State DFL Chair Brian Melendez says Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and would-be GOP governor Tom Emmer have different accounts of the state’s budget issues, and the Republican Party of Minnesota needs to straighten it out.
In a news release, Melendez criticized Emmer, who has said fundamentally there is no budget deficit as there will be enough revenue coming into the state to cover expenses. At the same time, Melendez said Pawlenty is accepting federal money and possibly borrowing in the short term to deal with the deficit.
“For the past week, the Republican Party has been trying to have their cake and eat it too,” Melendez said in a statement released Thursday. “Tom Emmer maintains that Minnesota is doing so well that we’ll have a budget surplus. But Governor Pawlenty has been scrambling to come up with enough money to avoid a government shutdown because of the current cash-flow crisis. Enough is enough. Where does the Republican Party stand?”
The DFL has been quick to link Emmer with the governor in the past, saying electing Emmer would be more of the same during the Pawlenty’s tenure.