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July 5th, 2011

Pawlenty for President Launches Second Iowa Television Ad

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has released his second TV ad in Iowa.

Minnesota gripped by one of the longest transit strikes in History.

Why?

Because Governor Tim Pawlenty refused to cave in to government unions.

Result: Tim Pawlenty won.

Minnesota Government shutdown.

Why?

Because Tim Pawlenty would not accept Democrats’ massive tax and spending demands.

Result: Pawlenty won.

Tim Pawlenty: Results not rhetoric.

I’m Tim Pawlenty and I approved this message.”

Photo by Dave Davidson

The Facts:

2004 Transit Strike

In 2004, Pawlenty Asked Minneapolis Bus Drivers To Help Pay For Health Care Cost Increases, Resulting In A 45-Day Strike:

In 2004, The Met Council (Which Runs Minneapolis’ Transit System) Offered The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 Raises Over 3 Years And Asked Union Members To Pay For Increased Health Care Costs. “The most divisive issue in the contract talks is the increase in health care costs that the Met Council wants to pass on to union workers. The Met Council’s offer included no wage increase in thefirst year and a 1 percent increase in the second and third years.” (Laurie Blake, “For Whom The Road Tolls: A Quick Look At 2004,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/4/04)

· “The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005… represents Metro Transit’s bus drivers, mechanics and cleaners.” (Doug Grow, “This right turn is heading down a dangerous path,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/24/04)

Pawlenty Stepped Into The Negotiations After The 3rd Week Of The Strike. “At Day 40 and counting without bus service, many riders have their fingers crossed that Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell and union President Ron Lloyd willfind a way to settle their differences in a negotiation session today. The time and place of the meeting have been kept secret, as was a session last Wednesday that was attended by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.” (Laurie Blake, “Transit Strike: Day 40,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/12/07)

5 Days Later, The Union Agreed To A Contract Which Included The One Year Wage Freeze, Followed By A 0.5% Raise In The Second Year. “The settlement provides a wage freeze during the first year, retroactive to last Aug. 1, then a 1 percent increase Aug. 1 this year and a 0.5 percent increase Feb. 1. That would raise the wage rate from $21.80 per hour now to $22.13 in February. New bus drivers would start at 70 percent of that rate and step up in 5 percent increments a year until they earned the full rate in their seventh year.” (Matt McKinney, “Transit Strike: Day 45,”Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/17/04)

The Final Contract Also Zero’d Out State-Paid Health Insurance For New Employees After They Retire. “But she said it was ‘very hurtful’ that the settlement eliminates retiree health insurance for new Metro Transit employees. The Met Council, which oversees Metro Transit, contends that change is in step with coverage by many other companies and agencies.” (Matt McKinney, “Transit Strike: Day 45,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/17/04)

2005 Minnesota Government Partial Shutdown

The 2005 Minnesota Shutdown Began On July 1, 2005 When The Legislature And Governor Failed To Agree On Funding For K-12 Education And Health Care. Democrats Wanted $1 Billion More In Spending As Well As Increased Taxes On Gas And Cars:

In 2005, A Partial Government Shutdown Was Possible If Gov. Pawlenty And The Legislature Did Not Agree On A Budget Deal By June 30, 2005. “’The real deadline here is July 1st,’ said Rep. Pat Garofalo, a freshman Republican from Farmington. He thinks voters will accept a special session, but will not accept the partial shutdown of state government that will occur if legislators and Pawlenty do not agree on a budget by midnight on June 30.” (Patrick Sweeney, “Today Is Judgment Day At The Capitol,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5/23/05)

The Budget Disagreement Began Over $1 Billion In Additional Spending Demanded By Democrats. “DFL senators want to spend about $1 billion more in the next two-year state budget than the roughly $30 billion that Pawlenty has requested and the Republican-controlled House approved.” (Bill Salisbury, “Pawlenty Presses For K-12 Deal,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6/2/05)

· The Funding Disagreement Centered Around Appropriations Bills For K-12 Education And Health Care. “The threat of a shutdown exists because legislators and Pawlenty, during a five-month regular legislative session and three weeks of a special session, passed budgets for higher education and several smaller state agencies but failed to agree on budgets for public schools and state-subsidized health care for thousands of low-income and disabled people.” (Patrick Sweeney, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “State’s Shutdown Plans In The Works,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6/16/05)

The Government Shutdown Was Threatened After Governor Pawlenty’s Refusal To Raise Gas And Car Taxes On Minnesota Commuters. “The Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor majority in the Senate did reach agreement on a transportation funding plan, but Pawlenty vetoed the bill because it would have raised the gasoline tax and increased vehicle license taxes.” (Patrick Sweeney, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “State’s Shutdown Plans In The Works,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6/16/05)

Democrats Proposed An Emergency Funding Bill That Would Increase Health Care Costs 17% In The Budget. “But Pawlenty and House Republicans are not likely to accept the Democrats’ emergency funding plan because it would result in a two-year increase of more than 17 percent in health care spending. Pawlenty is intent on reducing the increase in health care costs and transferring some of the savings to schools.” (Patrick Sweeney, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “State’s Shutdown Plans In The Works,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6/16/05)

The Partial Shutdown Began On July 1, 2005:

Minnesota State Government Shutdown At Midnight On June 31, 2005. “Minnesota stumbled into its first shutdown of state government this morning after lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed — again — to agree on a budget deal to keep many state services funded for the fiscal year that began at 12:01 a.m.” (Patrick Sweeney, “State’s Shutdown Plans In The Works,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/1/05)

The Minnesota Government Shutdown Ended On July 10, With Governor Pawlenty Scoring Major Victories Including Teacher Merit Pay And Reigning In Health Care Costs:

The Budget Deal Was Reached On July 10, Ending The Shutdown After 10 Days. “The first state government shutdown in Minnesota history is over.” (Bill Salisbury, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “Both Sides Bend In Budget Deal To Put Employees Back To Work,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/10/05)

The Budget Deal Resulted In $78.5 Million For Merit Pay For Teachers. “Pawlenty won on one of his education ‘reform’ initiatives: Basing teacher pay raises more on performance than seniority. The agreement provides $78.5 million for teacher merit pay.” (Bill Salisbury, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “Both Sides Bend In Budget Deal To Put Employees Back To Work,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/10/05)

Also Included Were A Reigning In Of Health Care Cost Growth, From A Projected 19% Down To 15%. “The governor achieved a major budget goal by restraining the growth of health care costs. Under current law, the cost of health and welfare was projected to jump 19 percent over the next two years. The agreement holds it to 15 percent, Pawlenty’s chief of staff Dan McElroy said.” (Bill Salisbury, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, “Both Sides Bend In Budget Deal To Put Employees Back To Work,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/10/05)


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