Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gov. making "palace" for civilly committed

I hope Chris doesn't mind me posting this, since it is news on his camp. I'm sure he can give a different view of what is really happening.

But they're cutting way back on the project Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants most: a sex offender treatment facility. Some lawmakers say it is way too luxurious. In fact, they are calling it "Pawlenty's Palace" for sex offenders. The number of civilly committed sex offenders skyrocketed after ex-con Alfonso Rodriquez murdered college student Dru Sjodin. But lawmakers say the governor's proposing "a palace" to confine them. "It seems so unreal," said State Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, who describes Pawlenty's proposed $89 million facility as "more than a Cadillac plan ... it's a Mercedes, maybe." Langseth, who's the chairman of the powerful Capitol Investments Committee which approves construction projects, calls the Moose Lake plans too excessive and too luxurious.