As the Legislative Advisory Commission begins a hearing on Gov. Pawlenty’s unallotment plan, I thought I’d put up a statement Pawlenty made when he used his unallotment authority in 2003. Here’s what he said when asked why he cut ethanol subsidies $21 million:
“I can’t stand here as the governor of Minnesota and justify reductions in programs for very needy people while at the same time providing cash subsidies to an industry for the most part is very profitable…”
Pawlenty didn’t propose any cuts to ethanol subsidies this year. Here’s a list of what he did cut.