Video by Craig Stellmacher
Eying a run for President, Governor Tim Pawlenty proposed a budget today that will allow him to say he didn’t raise state taxes during his term in office. That is if you don’t count fees as taxes and can completely absolve the Governor of any responsibility for soaring property taxes to pay for many of the things the state used to fund such as roads, fire and police protection at the local level.
The Governor called his proposal a “jobs creation bill” and it includes reducing taxes on corporations and small businesses. To pay for that tax cut, the Governor is proposing budget cuts in local government aid, state health and human services, and higher education. His budget is counting on $387 million from the federal government for Medicaid. That funding has not yet been approved.