Monday, August 20, 2007

That's rather much 

I received a copy of the letter Governor Pawlenty sent to legislative leaders on August 10 regarding the boundaries he would draw for a potential special session. Here are some key parts:
The gas tax promise seems to me a little bit much, but he's clearly left this out as a carrot to try to get the necessary legislation passed. It's a path through the difficult forest that Mitch Pearlstein describes today. A special, focused session would be more likely to actually focus dollars where they might do the most good (who knows? they might even use cost-benefit analysis!) The timing of this release, so close to Minnesota GOP's call for no special session, is curious, but I think it provides the DFL with its best chance to get dollars to transportation. Dare it refuse a second time?

Yes, yes, it might.

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