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Monday, January 31, 2005

Pawlenty the enforcer

Governor Pawlenty came out today in favor of harsher sentences for sex offenders. His proposals would cost $100 million. No mention of where he would get the money from.

Sure, tougher sentences are fine. I have no problem with life in prison without parole for a second violent sex crime offense. But how are we going to pay for this when our prison population is already skyrocketing? Let's see this proposal partnered with another good idea: eliminating prison terms for possession of drugs. A compromise bill like this would do a lot for bipartisanship and would show everybody that Minnesota knows how to do things right.


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