February 15, 2011 (ST PAUL) — Governor Mark Dayton today released his proposal to balance the state budget and erase Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit through a combination of revenue increases and spending reductions.
State Representative Mike Nelson (DFL – Brooklyn Park) released the following statement on the governor’s proposal:
“This budget proposal is a step toward deciding what we value as Minnesotans and what we expect government to provide. Do we want great classrooms and quality health care? That costs money. Do we want plowed streets, police officers and potholes repaired? That costs money as well. Government provides these and many other services that people rely on every single day, and these services need to be paid for.
“Governor Dayton understands that and his budget proposal is an indication of that fact. The governor has also kept his promises: now it’s the Republican’s turn. The Republicans promised during their campaigns that they could balance our budget and erase a $6.2 billion deficit through cuts alone — while protecting the vulnerable and holding K-12 funding harmless. I eagerly await their complete budget proposal and a vibrant discussion on the future direction of our state."