Gov. Tim Pawlenty
The 2009 Minnesota Legislature will be remembered as the un-session.
Unruly: As midnight arrived Monday, Republican senators were shouting to be recognized and called the end of the session a shame and a disgrace.
Uncommunicative: In the last few days of the five-month session, when leaders and the governor were supposed to work out a budget deal, they seldom even talked about meeting.
Unchanged: Talk at the beginning of the year was that a massive budget deficit gave lawmakers a chance to reform how they do things; little reform occurred.
Unsportsmanlike: For the first time in years, there was no serious talk about funding a new sports stadium.
Unacceptable: The governor refused to accept state tax increases; Democrats who control the Legislature refused to do without more taxes.
And the biggest un, unallot: Now, Gov. Tim Pawlenty begins looking at what he can cut from budget bills lawmakers passed, a process known as unallotment.