Pawlenty Echoes Emmer-Speak

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Before leaving with a trade delegation for China and Japan to discuss international commerce with Minnesota companies, Governor Tim Pawlenty held a brief press conference this morning at the Lindbergh terminal.

The UpTake asked the Governor about disparities between the state’s current $6 billion deficit under his watch, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s inference that Minnesota doesn’t actually face a deficit — or won’t if expenditures don’t change under his watch.

Pawlenty agreed with his would-be successor Emmer, saying that we shouldn’t budget based on some bureaucratic estimate, and that, instead of committing to cuts, we should force the legislature to live with a certain amount of spending money.

All eyes will be on Tom Emmer now, who seemingly committed — during a handshake at a gubernatorial debate in Duluth earlier this week — to releasing his proposed budget cuts during tomorrow morning’s debate in St. Paul. … We’ll have to wait and see.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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