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DFLers to Discuss Budget Deficit at Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

The three local legislators will be joined by House Chief Fiscal Analyst Bill Marx, who will give a short presentation on the state budget.

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House District 51A Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL), House District 56B Rep. Will Morgan (DFL) and Senate District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) will hold a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Burnsville City Hall.

House Chief Fiscal Analyst Bill Marx will also be on hand to give a short presentation on the state budget before the legislators open up the meeting for questions and discussion. Minnesota is facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit and still owes its K-12 schools another $1.1 billion.

“It’s clear that our state is facing some challenges,” Masin said in a press release. “We have to decide what we value as Minnesotans, and how to best close this deficit while funding the priorities that will make our state successful for future generations. I hope folks can attend and participate in this important discussion.”

Constituents unable to attend the meeting can contact Rep. Masin by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by calling her office at 651-296-3533. Morgan can be reached by email at rep.will.morgan@house.mn or by calling his office at 651-296-5387. Carlson can be reached by email at sen.jim.carlson@senate.mn or by calling his office at 651-296-8073.

Paul January 17, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Why not cut the bloated $19.5 Billion MN state budget by the 1.1B deficit and the 1.1B owed to schools? My income (now around $50K) is down to half of what it was in 2007, yet my taxes keep going up -- in actual dollars, meaning tax rates have jumped. Turnips don't bleed for long, before they burst and are no more. There is no justification for politicians, as to why government spending should have increased 25% since 2007, when taxpayers have less income to be taxed, unless we are no longer a government of "we the people" ...
Paul January 18, 2013 at 08:59 PM
MN Legislature would have repaid the schools in 2012, but bowed (cowed?) to Government Shutdown Governor Dayton. So the schools still are owed. The 2012 choice to refill the state's "emergency" fund instead of repay the schools is OK, but it is NOT also a legitimate excuse to raise taxes again in 2013. In 2007, MN budget was $16 B. In 2012, it was $19 B. Government grew more than 20%. Meanwhile, thanks to Barney Frank’s artificial housing bubble finally bursting, individuals’ income have dropped, and property values have dropped by 25% or more. Yet, thanks to ever more regulations and “green” mandates, people still pay the same or more dollars in taxes, from gasoline & natural gas to purchases and premiums. People have less money, while Government has expanded, and mandated various companies to increase fees for Government use! Government taxes more, from people who have less! Republicans sure didn’t shrink the budget when in power, thanks to wimpy RINOs in charge. So it’s time for DFL’s budget options to all look at reducing spending and taxes. The alternative, of still more government growth on the backs of taxing ever-more-pressed citizens? This is inexcusable, no matter the party of the politician. Shrink Government, Mr Dayton!

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