SAINT PAUL, MN -- Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, issued the following statement regarding the release of the February forecast budget update:
"The February forecast signals more good news for Minnesota's economy. Over the past two years, we've seen billions of dollars in additional revenue, and created over 50,000 new jobs in the last year alone, all without raising taxes.
"I hope in our discussions about the budget in the coming weeks and months that we can focus on ways to continue to foster economic growth and job creation for our state. Republicans were able to close a $5.5 billion dollar deficit last biennium without raising taxes; I believe we can do the same to close the $627 million dollar gap for 2014-2015 without job-killing tax increases."