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Pawlenty received similar praise from The Wall Street Journal, which writes,Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota has proposed pro-growth reforms, opposed tax increases, and been a relatively frugal budgeter. He has proposed cutting the state's high and uncompetitive corporate franchise tax, and he has repeatedly vetoed giant tax-hike packages passed by the legislature, including increases to gasoline taxes, beer taxes, wine taxes, and income taxes. Under Pawlenty, state general fund spending rose modestly between FY03 and FY08 and has decreased substantially since then. The governor has also proposed a state constitutional amendment to limit general fund spending.
Governors who seek the presidency always attempt to emphasize their executive experience as a qualification, and Pawlenty can argue that as governor of a blue state, he insisted on fiscal responsibility. That message could be highly potent.One governor who deserves particular credit is Republican Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who vetoed four separate income and other tax hikes that Democrats in the legislature sent him during the financial panic and recession.
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