Pawlenty Vetoed Larger Transportation Bill This Year

Yes, I am going to point a finger because it needs to be pointed. While I will not blame Tim Pawlenty for bringing down the bridge in Minnesota, his record is proof that he cared more about taxes then the health and safety of Minnesota families.

Passage problems

An initial bill (HF946) that supporters said would have put more than $8 billion into highways, city and county roads and transit over the next decade was vetoed by Pawlenty, in part, because it included a number of tax increases. "The entire array of tax increases in this bill would cost an average family in Minnesota up to $500 per year," Pawlenty wrote in his veto message.

An attempt to override the veto could garner just 83 of the 90 needed House votes.

It is as true in Minnesota as it is in New Orleans. Republican priorities can kill you.

Tags: Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty (all tags)

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Reid also on the march

From the Politico:

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opened the Thursday session of the Senate, he warned that the bridge disaster was a "wake-up call" regarding infrastructure investment across the country.[...]

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the appropriations subcommittee that funds transportation programs, slammed President Bush for threatening to veto the transportation bill because it exceeds his initial budget request.[...]

Also on Thursday, Reid used the opportunity to promote a bill he has previously introduced, known as the "American Marshall Plan," which invests in deteriorating infrastructure across the country.

by psericks 2007-08-02 02:12PM | 0 recs

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