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Rep. Crawford Comments On Budget Forecast (Audio)

Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 8:02 am

State Representative Roger Crawford made some comments on the budget forecast that was revealed late last week at the Capitol.

The analysis projects an $876 million surplus for the current budget cycle, which ends on June 30, 2013.

Representative Crawford says trimming the fat from state government – done this past session by the House and Senate – is one of the major reasons the budget situation is improving.

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3 Comments

  1. Mainstream1 12/6/11 at 10:10am

    Thankfully, we have people like Rep. Crawford representing us in St. Paul who advocate for disciplined financial management. Holding the line on taxes and restrained spending results in a balanced budget and a little left over. It’s really not rocket science, if we have the right people in charge.

  2. Just Left of Mainstream1 12/6/11 at 5:24pm

    According to Rep. Crawford, everyone is to blame-except Republicans-for the “fat” in goverment when in fact he was at the helm of Mora city government and saw an increase in city-related expenses during that time. We can’t take Mr. Crawford’s idea of tax reform seriously. He wants to push higher property taxes onto seniors, small business owners and middle class families while protecting the wealthiest people of our area. Then, in typical fashion, he wanted him and his party to receive a virtual “pat on the back” for the projected surplus. Meanwhile, the people know it it had little to do with government trimming and more do with financing our children’s futures away. Ughh. I hope we can find a better solution. New leadership. Better ideas. Where’s a good DFL candidate when we need one to represent us?

  3. Mainstream1 12/7/11 at 7:42pm

    As mayor, Roger Crawford managed the Mora city finances just fine in the face of local governemnt aid cuts (and by the way he didn’t whine about LGA cuts like many city and county officials do). If his record as mayor and city council member of Mora was an issue, it would have come up during the 2010 campaign. But it didn’t, and he won Mora and the surrounding area overwhelmingly.

    The last time we had a Democrat representing our area, he took office with a Democrat majority in 2007 and turned a $2 billion surplus into a $5 billion deficit. During those four years taxes that went up, with his support, include the sales tax, the gas tax and license tab fees. Those are all taxes that hit seniors, business owners and middle class families particularly hard. It proves the Democrats’ talking point on taxing only the wealthy is just talk, and people see through it.

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