Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Forvm discusses the unallotments

Caption: David Orman, David Ross, Roger Reinert, Yvonne Prettner-Solon, Tom Huntley and Andy Peterson.

Today I attended "The Forvm", which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Today's topic was the unallotements. Un-allotment power has been used by Minnesota State Governors just four times. In January, Governor Pawlenty unveiled a budget plan that slashed state spending and he has exercised his power cut programs through un-allotments. Those present for the discussion were: Roger Reinert, Minnesota state representative – District 7B, ,Tom Huntley, Minnesota State representative – District 7A and Yvonne Prettner Solon, Minnesota State representative - District 7.

Reinert said he was disappointed that the governor didn't talk and work more with the legislators. In the past, the governor would work, but he felt that Pawlenty has abused his power by just waiting until all the state lawmakers had gone home to exercise his unallotement power.

Very low income people, those who make less than $8,0000 year will be most affected by the unallotemnt. They will no longer have general assistance medical care. This will also affect hospitals.

Also renters will no longer receive a property tax rebate credit.