Tim Pawlenty speculates that it might not be all that bad if Minnesota’s government shutdown lasted awhile — if only to get a better deal at the end. He made the comment not as a GOP presidential candidate, but as the governor who was in office during the Gopher State’s previous government shutdown, in 2005, Politico
Government offices that are considered expendable didn’t open today because the shutdown started at 12:01 a.m. after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders couldn’t agree on a budget plan to close the gap on their billion-dollar differences.
The deadlock furloughed about 23,000 of the roughly 36,000 state employees and pulled the plug on many government services, including state parks and campgrounds — and even the lottery.
During a news conference Thursday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport just hours before the shutdown, the former governor suggested that he might have done things differently if he had it to do over again with the gridlock on his watch.
“I think it was nine days [of shutdown] at that time, and I think we could have gotten a better deal if we had allowed that to continue for a while and the people of Minnesota would have seen the issues play out a little longer,” he said.
Pawlenty blamed Dayton for the crisis, adding, “The equivalence is this: Both in ’05 and now — you had Democrats demanding that we raise taxes and raise spending.”
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