SAINT PAUL – Today, House and Senate Republicans released their joint budget targets. House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman released the following statement:
“The Republican targets released today are the way back to deficits, the way back to cuts at our local schools, and the way back to tuition hikes. House DFLers are ready to participate in passing a budget that serves Minnesotans, but we won’t participate in passing a budget that takes us backward. We will work to achieve a compromise that invests in Minnesota and Minnesotans, but this budget doesn’t do that.
“What is positive is that Republicans are at least saying they will let conference committees do the work they are supposed to do. The more public and open final negotiations are, the more likely we can get to an orderly, on time finish—for a change."