Thursday, May 14, 2009

Questions about the End of Session

Minnesota Budget Bites posted a good set of frequently asked questions about what happens at the end of the legislation session, such as discussing deadlines, vetoes, overrides, and so on.

The House of Representatives Session Weekly includes a good article about unallotment, which is the tool that the Governor says that he is going to use to balance the budget.

At this writing, the details are sketchy as to where the Governor unallot once the new fiscal year starts on July 1. I'll defer judgment until we see the details, but he would have to unallot something like ten times the amount that has ever been done in state history, and I don't know how he can pull it off.

Here's what the Governor is saying about what he will do.