DFL Releases Budget Plan – Faust Reaction
Two days after Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty unveiled an updated version of his proposed budget to tackle the state deficit, the state DFL put out their version. Different from the Governor’s budget which does not raise taxes, but rather uses one time spending to fix the $4.6 billion deficit, the DFL is proposing raising taxes by $1.5 billion over the next two years, coupled with spending cuts of $843 million.
Rep. Tim Faust Reaction:
Governor Pawlenty vows to increase spending for K-12 education. The DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich said, Thursday, “We believe the best thing we can do is provide opportunities to help Minnesotans get back on their feet. By investing in K-12 and higher education, we will prepare our young people for jobs, strengthen our economy and help Minnesotan regain a competitive edge.”
The Democrats are proposing keeping funding for K-12 at its current levels as opposed to the raises offered by the Governor. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Keliher said her party’s plan presents long term solutions.
With Thursday’s plan announced, the House, Senate and Governor can begin working on a final budget solution. The session ends May 19th.