They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and never was that more true than in the unallotment case, which has put the office of DFL Attorney General Lori Swanson in charge of representing Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty in a case that has its genesis in a political showdown with DFL lawmakers.Read More »
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Ramsey County District Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin's Dec. 30 order invalidating a $5.3-million human services cut made unilaterally by the Republican governor isn't taking center stage at the Legislature.
But if other groups affected by the $2.7 billion in unallotments also take Pawlenty to court, the budget hole could grow larger.
Whether Pawlenty overstepped his authority or not, Minnesota's still facing an additional $1.2 billion deficit in the current budget cycle.
This means that many interest groups that might have challenged the governor's budgetary authority are reticent about getting involved in litigation.
Last week's court ruling against his unilateral budget cuts notwithstanding, all of the $2.7 billion in unallotments announced last summer by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are expected to be completed by mid-month.Read More »
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday he plans to appeal a judge's ruling that accused his administration of treading on the state Constitution when he used his unallotment power earlier this year to cut funding to a $5 million nutrition program.Read More »
Legislators, political observers and a handful of gubernatorial candidates were quick to react to Wednesday's district court ruling suggesting that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotments earlier this year were unconstitutional. Here's what they said.Read More »
Roger Moe might be one of the few people in Minnesota not surprised by this afternoon’s ruling from Judge Kathleen Gearin stopping Gov. Tim Pawlenty from unalloting money for the Minnesota Supplemental Aid Special Diet program.Read More »
PIM caught up with Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess outside this morning's Senate Taxes Committee hearing, and he confirmed that the Pawlenty administration will make up its mind about possible unilateral budget cuts to local government aid programs "before the end of this week."Read More »
LGA payments are back on the unallotment chopping block.Read More »
For budget watchers at the Capitol, the main question concerning the November economic forecast that will be released at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday is how big is the hole? Most observers we've talked to are expecting an additional revenue shortfall on the high side of the $500 million to $1 billion range. Many also think the news could be followed by more unilateral budget cuts from Gov. Tim Pawlenty before the Legislature reconvenes in February.Read More »