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ST. PAUL – In order to help eliminate Minnesota’s projected $5.1 billion budget deficit, State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) has authored a comprehensive jobs and economic development finance bill that recognizes the tough financial times our state is facing.
“Crafting a budget reduction bill is not something we wanted to do, but is something we had to do,” Gunther said. “It was necessary to make sure Minnesota lives within its means.”
Gunther said the proposal focused on taking care of the needs of Minnesota’s most vulnerable and creating jobs. For instance, $73 million will be set aside to fund jobs and economic development priorities thanks to a simple transfer from two current governmental accounts. In addition, it continues funding for the Inventors Congress and Biobusiness Alliance, which develops initiatives that spearhead innovation and lay the foundation for the future of Minnesota’s marketplace
While reductions are made in agency spending and in some housing areas, Gunther noted there were no cuts for housing for the mentally ill and family homeless prevention. He also added that funding was increased for the State Services for the Blind.
“We needed to meet the needs of our vulnerable residents while remaining focused on job growth,” Gunther said. “This was a difficult budget target to meet, but it’s imperative that all sectors of Minnesota’s government begin spending only the money it has available.”
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