News From Representative Nornes’ Desk
This week legislators received the February budget forecast. This budget forecast indicates a revenue increase of $1.2 billion to the state coffers. This forecast gives legislators a better idea of how much revenue can be expected so that lawmakers can set a state budget.
In the last forecast, it was estimated that state revenues would increase from approximately $30 billion to $32 billion, or about a 6 percent increase. The $6.2 billion deficit that you keep hearing about is because expenditures are automatically set to increase about 28 percent.
I am confident that we will be able to balance the budget and I am confident that there appears to be some improvement in our economy. It is time to get our economy back on track and stop outrageous spending. We need to get Minnesotans back to work This increase of revenue of $1.2 Billion will allow us to spend $32 billion in our budget and refill the states reserves and look for specific tax cuts that will spur on the state’s economy.
We will also be holding a joint hearing on sales tax for ice arenas in the property and sales tax committee with the Senate. HF 49 and SF 38 will be discussed in during this joint committee on March 9th at 8:15am.
Emily’s law has also been an issue that I have spent time working on. Emily’s law is in regards to Emily Johnson who was killed by her daycare provider’s son in 2006 in Fergus Falls. Emily’s law would lower the age an adolescent can be tried as an adult. I hope that we will have another hearing on this in the Public Safety committee and hope to reach an agreement with all parties involved as this legislation moves forward.
I am also introducing a bill on behalf of the county. It is a bonding request to rebuild flooded roads and also to provide funding for repairing the dam at Phelps Mill.
As we continue talking about the budget and addressing the issues facing our state here at the capitol please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
Also I’d really appreciate it if you would take a moment and fill out my legislative survey online www.surveymonkey.com/10Asurvey