Governor makes moves to balance budget
ST. PAUL — State budget cuts are under way. So is the anguish.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday drained the state’s budget reserve and chopped away at state payments to local governments, colleges, human services providers and state agencies in balancing the state budget.
ST. PAUL – The cuts are beginning. Gov. Tim Pawlenty today announced plans to cut $271 million out of the state budget, including reducing $66 million from payments that cities and $44 million that counties had expected to receive a week from today. Cities planned to receive $280 million and counties $165 million.
On Tuesday morning, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners passed a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2009 and set the county’s annual budget. By law, there’s no turning back now — those figures are set in stone.
Too bad the state’s aren’t.
Much has already been made of the State of Minnesota’s projected $4.6 billion deficit. As a result, cities and counties will almost certainly have to carry an additional burden in times of already-tight budgets.
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