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As promised, Pawlenty vetoes DFL budget fix

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made good on his threat to veto a DFL budget fix approved by the Legislature and sent the bill back this afternoon, calling it "nonsensical" to increase taxes on job providers and chiding legislators for behavior that "sends a confusing and mixed message" to companies that want to produce jobs in the state.

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DFL budget proposal clears House, but veto looms

The state House passed a DFL proposal to close Minnesota's $3 billion budget deficit by a 71-63 vote margin on Monday evening. Sixteen Democrats broke with their party to oppose the legislation. The DFL proposal includes a $1.8 billion accounting shift, $680 million in cuts and a $435 million income tax increase.

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