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ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said Governor Tim Pawlenty’s recent budget proposal addresses the poor economic climate Minnesota is currently facing and protects many of state government’s core priorities.
“The budget reductions the Governor has proposed are unfortunate, but necessary,” Gunther said. “We’re in uncharted waters in terms of our budget deficit, and our working families are already struggling to make ends meet. They simply cannot afford to pay more in taxes to fund additional state government programs.”
In all, the Governor's budget proposal for FY 2010-11 would spend $33.61 billion, a 2.2% reduction from current FY 2008-09 general fund expenditures of $34.36 billion.
To eliminate Minnesota’s projected $4.8 billion state budget deficit, Pawlenty would reduce statewide spending by $2.5 billion while using of federal stimulus funding and making some shifts in state payments.
Gunther noted that under Pawlenty’s proposal, no child would lose state government health benefits, rural nursing homes, veterans, and public safety programs would all be spared from budget reductions, and K-12 education and other health programs would actually see funding increases.
“When all is said and done, we will probably enact some significant reforms and improve how state government operates,” Gunther said.
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