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Legislative Leaders and Governor Dayton Agree to Budget Targets: DFL budget balances deficit without gimmicks and invests in a stronger middle class

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Over the past decade Minnesota’s budget deficits have been balanced with cuts, gimmicks and shifts, leaving historic debt to schools, growing class sizes, ongoing budget deficits, and a struggling middle class. Governor Dayton and the current legislature have worked together to build a budget plan that balances our budget deficit and invests in a stronger middle class to move our state forward.

“Our budget will move Minnesota forward by investing in the priorities that Minnesotans value most:  education, job creation and middle class property tax relief,” said Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal).  “We are rejecting the status quo and responsibly positioning our state for future economic success.”

The budget invests $725 million in education for all learners - from early education through college. The plan makes $89 million in new investments to spur middle class job creation, calling for more job training, workforce development and small business to strengthen Minnesota’s economy.  In addition, the budget allocates $400 million for property tax relief.

These investments will be funded by asking the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to pay their fair share, closing corporate tax loopholes, and reforming our tax system to make it fairer for middle-income Minnesotans.

 

“These investments follow through on our goals to invest in the priorities that will make our state more economically strong and competitive,” said Rep. Carlson.  “Our budget framework helps us to accomplish these goals to grow the middle class and move our state into the future.”

The legislature must adjourn on Monday, May 20.

Rep. Carlson can be reached by phone at (651) 296-4255 or by email at rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn.

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