Governor Pawlenty Announces Supplemental Budget Recommendations

Governor Tim Pawlenty today released his proposal to balance the state's $1.2 billion budget deficit for 2010. The governor upheld his previous pledge not to reduce funding for K-12 classroom education and veterans and public safety programs. Instead, he heavily targeted aid to local governments and health care programs.

State health and human services programs were cut $347 million, funds for local government aid were reduced by $250 million and state agency budgets were trimmed by $181 million. For a full report of the governor's budget reduction recommendations, go here to visit the Minnesota Management and Budget's Web site.

Over the next several days the Minnesota Legislature will review the governor's proposal and begin crafting their own solution to the budget deficit in accordance with the committee deadlines:

March 12, 2010—first policy deadline

March 19, 2010—second policy deadline

March 29, 2010—fiscal bill deadline

The legislature will be on break from March 30–April 6.