Friday, August 05, 2005

Senate DFLer against Pawlenty pay proposal

Apparently Senate Majority Leader Johnson doesn’t like the idea of being held accountable.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson is dismissing Governor Pawlenty's call for "performance pay" for the governor and legislators.

Johnson, a Willmar Democrat calls the Republican governor's proposal a publicity stunt designed to distance Pawlenty from the state's first government shutdown. Johnson criticized Pawlenty for immediately calling lawmakers back into special session when they failed to pass a budget by the May 23rd deadline. The budget was passed after a nearly two-month special session and an eight-day government shutdown.

Pawlenty toured the state Thursday to make the case for withholding paychecks from legislators and the governor if they fail to complete a budget on time.

He says withholding pay would help prevent future shutdowns.
(Source: Associated Press, August 5, 2005)

Maybe he just doesn’t like the idea of not getting paid for his legislative inaction.


At 12:16 AM, Blogger lloydletta said...

This is bull.... Pawlenty should also forgo pay - he was part of the Do Nothing Session - he is governor, after all.

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

What amazes me is that the DFL is solidly against this idea. Makes you wonder if they will try to make it three straight do-nothing sessions.


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