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To the Editor:
As you know, the State of Minnesota is facing a significant budget shortfall resulting from the recent economic downturn. Closing that gap will involve careful but hard decisions.
Governor Pawlenty’s budget released earlier this month began what will be a long and difficult conversation, and illustrates the gravity of the State’s current budget challenges. The governor’s plan would borrow money from future generations to pay off our current deficit, eliminate health care coverage for 113,000 adults and 20,000 children, cut programs for the elderly and disabled, and shift money out of public education.
Now lawmakers are evaluating his proposal, and working to find areas where we agree, disagree, and where improvements can be made. We realize we cannot do this work alone - we need to hear your concerns and suggestions.
For that reason, lawmakers are coming together to host a series of budget hearings across the state in the coming weeks. We want your input in order to ensure the decisions we make in St. Paul are a fair and accurate reflection of the priorities of all Minnesotans. A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers will be coming to Duluth Friday, February 20. The hearing will take place at 9:30 am in the Duluth City Council Chambers. If you are unable to attend, this hearing will be taped and rebroadcast on PACTV (channels 7, 16, and 20).
As your legislators, we invite you to attend the hearing and share your input to help us make the right decisions for our future. We look forward to hearing from you and speaking with you directly about the state’s current budget deficit and the steps we must take together to strengthen our community and ensure a brighter future for all Minnesotans.
Yvonne Prettner Solon
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