Pawlenty digs in, will fight budget ruling

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 31, 2009 - 11:43 PM

Judge Gearin "has inserted herself into a political dispute," the governor said. Her ruling could spur more lawsuits.

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hotdigitydogDec. 31, 09 1:18 PM

And it will be just as effective as Norm Coleman's appeal -- a waste of time.

olderchickDec. 31, 09 1:23 PM

Are you saying the judge over stepped her bounds in a political manner? Remind you of anything? FL 2000.

olderchickDec. 31, 09 1:24 PM

Are you saying the judge over stepped her bounds in a political manner? Remind you of anything? FL 2000.

kite005sDec. 31, 09 1:24 PM

Just to the right of where I'm typing right now it says Pawlenty is considered politically shrewd (definately true) and naturally likable. (definately not true this just shows his ability to deceive) He basically usurped the will of the citizens of Minnesota, who elected the legislature to represent them, and used this unallotment procedure to further his political ambitions. He most likely was also peeved that the legislature didn't do as they were instructed. They failed to do the required butt kissing.

larrymickDec. 31, 09 1:24 PM

Isn't the judicial branch part of the checks and balances system?

thunderDec. 31, 09 1:27 PM

A budget is passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. In times of financial crisis, the Governor may use the powers of unallotment. It would appear in this case that he used the unallotment to run an end around the Legislature for not forming a the budget that he wanted. There have been many arguments about Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature......sadly both sides lack any real ability to compromise and work for a better Minnesota. However, the Governor cannot just settle a budget dispute in that manner. He should have waited and perhaps used veto power or unallotment after the Legislature passed a budget.

commoncents3Dec. 31, 09 1:27 PM

that's how you spell it

funnguyDec. 31, 09 1:28 PM

Now no amount of money will be enough. Groups will file suit to give out free money to those that don't pay in. Why is it that when a person works hard, even overtime, to make and keep more of their own money many consider that person selfish and greedy? But when someone demands money they did not earn it is considered a right? Should be the other way around I think.

stinkadaDec. 31, 09 1:28 PM

another liberal hack judge legislating from the bench.

rebeltoadyDec. 31, 09 1:29 PM

Nice try, everyone knew it was unconstitutional....but you I guess. Maybe you should try being a leader for once, you know, work with people, compromise where necessary, and accomplish something that actually improves the Great State of Minnesota instead of demeans it. You've never amounted to anything more than a poseur, always trying to look good while doing nothing of value. What a waste in a time when good leadership is so badly needed.


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