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ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said he was pleased with the Minnesota House Republican budget proposal that was unveiled recently at the State Capitol. The legislation would spend $32.7 billion on state priorities – all without an increase in state taxes.
“We have a $2 billion surplus, we should not need to raise taxes while setting the budget,” Gunther said. “This plan gives K-12 education the largest budget in state history, dedicates $1.1 billion for property tax relief, and cuts income taxes by $300 million so our poorest working Minnesotans have more to spend on their families.”
In addition, the House GOP budget increases the budgets for higher education, environment and agriculture, economic development, transportation, public safety and state government by four percent. It also provides the greatest amount of spending in state history for veterans and military programs.
“Government should spend what it has, not what it wants,” Gunther said. “We have the money to adequately fund these programs, so we shouldn’t be asking the taxpayer for more of their paychecks.”
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