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Posted: Mar 24 2015 3:44PM
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Statement: Response to GOP Budget and Cuts to HHS


SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, the Minnesota House Republicans unveiled their budget targets, which cut taxes by $2 billion, include less than a 1% increase in funding for education, and would cut more than $1 billion in health care services for Minnesota workers, seniors, and our must vulnerable.

Deputy Minority Leader Erin Murphy released the following statement:

"After years of deficits, we have a $2 billion budget surplus in Minnesota.  Republicans are showing the State where their true priorities are with this budget.  They’re proposing $2 billion in tax cuts for their special interest friends while cutting $1.1 billion from the health and human services budget.

"With a $2 billion budget surplus we should prepare for our future with strategic investments.  We should invest in early learning to close the achievement gap and reduce poverty in the next generation.  We should make college more affordable for families and students so they can build our future economy without the burden of significant debt.  We should prepare for the age wave, not by only investing in nursing homes, but by investing in Main Street, broadband, transportation and economic development across Minnesota.

"I want a Minnesota where the economy works for Minnesotans.  We have the opportunity to create a brighter future for all Minnesotans with this budget.   I’m disappointed that the GOP’s budget targets will undermine that bright future for working Minnesotans and their families."

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