Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ward and Howes said They Tried to Compromise

It's been just over a week since the Legislature adjourned for the year. The Governor signed many of the spending bills the DFL controlled legislature sent him. However, he vetoed the tax bill. Now, the Governor is formulating a plan to cut programs to match diminished revenue.

DFL State Representative John Ward of Brainerd, tells KLKS News, they did compromise with Governor Pawlenty, but determined a new revenue stream was needed to avoid debt for future generations.

Republican State Representative Larry Howes of Walker, said the result was inevitable when the Legislature presented the Governor with the spending bill first, and the tax bill last. Representative Howes says they should be able to avoid a special session, unless projected revenues fall again before the end of the year.

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