Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wis. Governor Jim Doyle are discussing a variety of ways, including the possibility of barter, to cut costs through the sharing of different state-supplied services.
One option under consideration is Wis. borrowing Minn.’s deer surveying helicopters. Both governors have their top aides looking into the prospect. According to Reuters, Pawlenty said that Minnesota and Wisconsin’s [overall plan of cooperation] could expand to include other states. Pawlenty added that the cost savings could be significant, but not enough to solve the states’ budget deficits.
Wisconsin is currently facing a June 2011 budget deficit of $5.4 billion. Minnesota’s is slightly less at $4.8 billion.