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RELEASE: Rep. Dave Baker Statement on House GOP Budget Targets

Monday, March 20, 2017

Saint Paul - House Republicans announced their budget targets Monday, headlined by $1.35 billion in tax relief for Minnesota families, $450 million in new funding for road and bridge infrastructure, and an overall budget target that ensures a sustainable level of state spending for the next biennium.

“Our targets emphasize what Minnesotans want: tax relief and funding for our roads and bridges,” said Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar.

House Republicans stated their goal to approach budgeting “The Minnesota Way.” In addition to major tax relief and new road and bridge infrastructure spending, House Republicans are proposing $1.1 billion in new funding for K-12 schools compared to the 2016-2017 biennium.

“Our budget puts Minnesota families first: it respects taxpayers and invests in key priorities like middle-class tax relief, improving our road and bridge infrastructure, and lowering health care costs,” added House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers. “‘The Minnesota Way’ means identifying and funding priorities—just as families do in their own budgets each and every day.”

The overall House Republican budget target limits government spending more than the two proposals put forward by the Governor and the Senate.

“I look forward to working with all sides to craft a budget that works for Minnesotans,” said Baker.