Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
ST. PAUL - Rural and inner city communities would be hurt if Gov. Tim Pawlenty's property tax freeze plan is enacted, rural lawmakers say. "Why should you always kick the dog at the bottom?" asked Sen. Keith Langseth following Pawlenty's fifth State of the State address Wednesday. Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, and other rural lawmakers did not like the Republican governor's proposal to cap property taxes levied by local governments. The dispute is a continuation of one that has gone on for years.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty sat in a golden chair, wanting to talk. He didn't bother with the power position his predecessor used by sitting behind a desk. The setting was open, much like the governor himself, with nothing between him and the interviewer. What a difference between former-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and Pawlenty. While Ventura took time to chat with reporters, he seldom seemed interested. Ventura did not have in-depth knowledge about any issue. He could not answer anything deeper than a superficial question.