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Legislative Update: Revenue Continues to Fall Short

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week the nonpartisan office of Minnesota Management and Budget reported that Minnesota’s revenue was $95 million short of projections. Every month this year, revenue has been less than forecasted, and this continues an unfortunate trend that could indicate a return to budget deficits.

Republican leaders cautioned over the last two sessions that recklessly increasing taxes and wasteful spending could negatively affect our economy, and we are now seeing the results.

Instead of taking a balanced approach over the last two years, Democrats chose to raise $2.4 billion in new taxes and fees, approve a new $89.5 million Senate Office Building and increase government spending by 12 percent. Minnesota taxpayers deserve better.

I am hopeful that our budget shortfall trend turns around soon. If not, our state could be facing more tough budgeting choices going forward, and that’s bad news for everyone from taxpayers to school kids to the disabled.

I will continue to advocate for a balanced approach to government spending that does not needlessly grow government or waste your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

It’s an honor to be your voice at the Capitol. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be assistance to you on a matter of state government.