Structurally Balanced Budget Proposal Is the Correct Starting Point

To the editor,
Last week, Governor Dayton put forth his budget proposal for the 2014-2015 biennium. While not what I would have suggested in every detail, I was pleased to see for the first time in my legislative experience that the proposed budget was structurally sound, and balanced not just for months but for the next four years. This is the right starting point for an honest dialogue about what we want as Minnesotans – and how to pay for it.
There is something in the Governor’s budget for everyone to like; as well as dislike. The reality though is Minnesota cannot keep doing business the way it has for the past decade.
As a member of the committees focused on commerce, taxes, and transportation, I anticipate participating in detailed conversations about the proposed budget and our great state’s future economic stability.
Already, I have connected some of my top priorities with those laid out by Gov. Dayton. These include a renewed commitment to K-12 and higher education, stronger support for regional centers via LGA, and property tax relief for homeowners.
We are finally doing what I have wanted to do since coming to the Legislature – having a complete and honest budget conversation. I look forward to talking with my fellow legislators, and Duluthians, to ensure our next budget creates stable solutions for Minnesota’s priorities and long-term fiscal health.
I encourage you to read the Governor’s budget as well. You can find a copy of it on the Minnesota Management and Budget website. I also plan to host a town hall forum in Duluth with state budget experts and Rep. Simonson as we continue this conversation over the next several months.
Roger J Reinert

Senator Roger Reinert
Roger Reinert represents District 7, which includes St. Louis County. He is also an educator.

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