I have an idea, one that would endear Governor Pawlenty to the people of Minnesota. And he has to do it, it wouldn’t be the legislature that does it. With the state in such a financial crisis, he should take the lead, mandate a statewide 5% salary cut in the legislature for a two-year periodNot only cut salaries, but cut per diems in half for the legislature and himself. It would make him look really good, and he could really stick it to the opponents in the next election.
Now, I don’t want him to look good, it is my opinion that the current and the last governors have done nothing but allow for the rapid decline of Minnesota’s previously superior education system. I don’t want to live in the Arkansas of the north just because he doesn’t like government, but everything about that proposal seems like something he should support.