Republicans Plan To Extend Pawlenty Cuts To Address Budget Problem

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Republicans in St. Paul have released what they are calling Phase One of their plan to fix Minnesota’s budget deficit, and if they have their way, cuts are coming. In fact, the proposed fixes include some of the temporary spending cuts made under former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

GOP leaders said yesterday that they hope to extract $1 billion in savings by essentially renewing those previous Pawlenty cuts. The cuts affected aid programs for local governments and public colleges as well as financial assistance to low-income renters and people receiving publicly subsidized health care.

The Associated Press reports that the Republicans plan to pass the bill by early February.

By moving quickly, Republicans hope to reduce the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit before a new economic forecast is issued. They would also be getting ahead of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who won’t detail his full budget until Feb. 15.

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