Cutting Minnesota’s welfare for politicians?

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is wrestling with a projected $5 billion budget deficit that he has promised to close without raising taxes. One of his more modest proposals to achieve this goal is to cut two of the state’s programs that provide aid to politicians and parties.
This morning, the St. Paul Pioneer Press runs two columns on the subject. The first is by state senator John Marty and Hamline University Professor David Schultz criticizing the governor for seeking to reduce state spending on these programs: “Change would aid special interests.” The second is by Rocket Man and me supporting the governor and finding his proposal praiseworthy apart from the budgetary considerations: “‘Welfare’ for politicians should end.”


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