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.