Senator Hawj: Minnesota falls back into budget deficit under Republican leadership
St. Paul, Minn.—Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) commented on the November Budget Forecast released yesterday. The forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current biennium and a projected deficit of $586 million for the 2020-21 biennium.
“We came into last session with a $1.2 billion budget surplus,” Sen. Hawj said. “Sadly, it has taken less than one year for Republican leadership to turn our hard-fought budget surplus into a deficit. The deficit our state is facing today is directly related to decisions made during the 2017 Legislative Session. Regardless, I will continue to fight for our fellow Eastsiders here at the Capitol.”
“I’m also watching the effects of the federal tax cuts and health care on state revenues. We must be prepared to weather dramatic federal changes and expected funding cuts on the horizon,” Sen. Hawj said. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and pass responsible legislation to put our state budget back into balance.”