A year after setting an apparent single-session record for vetoes, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was fairly prolific again this year. The governor vetoed all or parts of 30 bills, compared with 34 in 2008.
Since taking office in 2003, Pawlenty has rung up a total of 87 vetoes, all but three of them in the past three years. Not coincidentally, that’s the period when the Republican governor has faced DFL majorities in both houses of the Legislature.
The breakdown this year: 22 vetoes of entire bills, line-item vetoes applied to eight measures. A pair of billion-dollar tax bills were the most high-profile veto victims. A $381 million allocation for a health care program for childless adults was the biggest line-item veto. That money was for the fiscal year starting in July 2010.
But it wasn’t all disagreement. The Legislature sent 179 measures to the governor, meaning he signed off on 149 in their entirety. And if you want to get downright warm and fuzzy, add in the eight bills that he signed with some reductions, and 88 percent of the measures got his signature.