There are several holidays and traditions to take part in and enjoy during this time of year. I hope you’re finding time to enjoy them with family and friends.
November Budget Forecast
Earlier this month, Minnesota Management and Budget announced the November budget forecast, projecting a deficit of $188 million ($302 million when other ongoing obligations are taken into account). Even more concerning is the fact the deficit is set to grow over the next few years to $586 million.
I feel strongly that keeping a sensibly balanced budget is essential to our progress as a state. I think this imbalance is deeply concerning, and I’ll be watching closely as we wait for a more conclusive budget forecast in February. You can read more of my comments on the budget forecast here.
Minnesota Named Best Run State in U.S.A.
Even with the most recent concerning news about the forecasted budget deficit, Governor Dayton’s history of balanced budgeting has earned national attention. We rank among the top in so many areas that recently USA Today named us the Best-Run State in the Nation. The study “highlights Minnesota’s strong fiscal management, low unemployment and poverty rates, above-average median household income, and strong credit rating.”
Since ranking 10th in 2012, Minnesota has consistently climbed in the same study under Governor Dayton’s leadership on better government reforms. In general, Minnesota’s level of government services are good and the size of our government very lean. In another recent survey, a majority of Minnesotans said they were satisfied with the value they receive from state government.
It’s my goal to keep improving on that and ensuring the things we value are made a priority.
Text to 9-1-1
Minnesotans are now able to text 9-1-1 for help. Law enforcement still encourages people to call 911 when possible, but this new technology offers a text option. This will be incredibly important for people with hearing and speech disabilities, as well as in situations where it may be unsafe to make an audible phone call, such as in cases of domestic violence or sex trafficking. The Pioneer Press put together a nice “how-to” for texting to 9-1-1.
As always, it’s an honor to represent you and the values of our community at the Capitol.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!