Payments to Gov’s office escalate during Pawlenty administration

While Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been cutting budgets, his office has been growing his by pushing the expense off on other agencies. A process called “inter agency payments” now give the Governor’s office an additional $700,000 a year to pay for employees and other expenses. After reading a financial report on the situation, Senator Don Betzold (DFL-Fridley) notes that while the payments have been used in previous administrations, they have escalated during the Pawlenty administration. Sen Betzold says that last year he proposed taking money out of other agencies and directing it permanently to the Governor’s office. And the Governor’s office did not want to do that.

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