Happy Groundhog Day! Six more weeks of winter seems a bit too long. And after six years of Governor Pawlenty’s failed policies, I definitely feel like crawling back into my burrow.
Last week’s budget announcement by Governor Pawlenty felt like the movie Groundhog Day — he used the same tired rhetoric we’ve already heard from him. He cited the same ideology that plays well on national television, but doesn’t do much to solve our problems here at home.
But unlike Bill Murray’s character in the movie, Pawlenty refuses to change his ways to make things turn out better, so we’re forced to see the same sad story play out again and again and agan.
We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Sign the petition to tell Governor Pawlenty it’s time for something new.
For six of the last eight years we’ve faced a budget deficit – even when our economy was in good shape — leading some to call it the lost decade for the state of Minnesota.
Each time, Pawlenty addressed the problems with accounting shifts and gimmicks, spending health care fund reserves, and cutting services like school funding, health care for kids, and community funds.
We need the Governor to stop replaying the bad movie, and try something different this time. We need a new, fresh and balanced approach to our state budget. We need creative ideas – and to put everything on the table as an option for solving the problem.