There are just days remaining in the 2019 legislative session and there is still a lot of work to do. With omnibus finance bills having been approved by both the House and Senate at the end of April, Governor Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka have been meeting to reach a compromise deal on the new state budget.
While there is still much that we don’t know since these high-level negotiations are taking place behind closed doors, we do know that Democrats and Governor Walz have still refused to back off their extreme tax proposals. In total, Democrats are seeking to raise taxes by more than $12 billion over the next four years.
This extreme tax proposal is coming at a time when the state has a $1 billion budget surplus and tax revenues continue to come in higher than projected.
I will continue to be here at the Capitol fighting through the end of the session against any budget that makes life more expensive for families.
I recorded a short video with some additional thoughts on budget negotiations. You can watch the video by clicking here or by clicking on the photo below.
Have a great day,