Businesses laud Pawlenty, distrust legislators
From the Fargo Forum:
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce reports its members “are increasingly skeptical about the ability of the Legislature to address the state’s most critical issues.”
A chamber poll showed just 17 percent of respondents think legislators are doing an excellent or good job. Gov. Tim Pawlenty did better, with 55 percent of businesses saying he is doing a good or excellent job.
Businesses were especially pleased with Pawlenty’s stand against higher taxes.
A special budget session that dragged on into the new budget year especially hurt the Legislature, according to John Himle, whose public affairs firm co-sponsored the poll. He said health-care costs are the highest priority among business issues.
The state’s tax burden was the second-most commonly mentioned issue businesses want addressed.
(Source: Fargo Forum, Oct. 17, 2005)