DFL legislative leaders urge Pawlenty to take FMAP money

DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich and DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller sent a letter to Governor Pawlenty today urging him to take $263 million in federal funds.

Pawlenty is faced with the choice of accepting funds that he has criticized on the campaign trail. He has repeatedly critiized President Obama and the Democratic controlled Congress for spending too much and increasing the deficit. Pawlenty, who is ramping up a run for president in 2012, accepted federal stimulus money and even booked the FMAP funds in his initial budget plan in January.

Pawlenty’s spokesman said lthe governor was still mulling whether to take the funds. He has until September 24th to make a decision.

Today, Kelliher, Sertich and Pogemiller are trying to ramp up the pressure:

“You cannot let political ambition get in the way of doing what is right for Minnesota. We strongly encourage you to seek these federal funds. Failure to do so would be an irresponsible act…hurting Minnesota taxpayers while doing nothing to help the tough economic situation faced by patients and our health care system.”

You can read the full letter here.

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