Pawlenty has until September 24 to decide whether to take this Medicaid money.
Also from their report:
"We're going to take the money for those things that we were going to do anyhow and for the Medicaid (money), we were going to do that anyhow," Pawlenty said. He said he also wanted to check if accepting the money would bind the hands of the next governor, and it appears it will not.
Further, the governor said, Minnesota is a net donor to the federal government -- sending in more money than it gets back -- so "where it's appropriate and where it's wise and doesn't further some stupid policy agenda or otherwise concerns us or sign us up for something that is unsustainable or otherwise cause us a problem, we're going to apply for those other pots of money."