Bakk Responds to Budget Agreement

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement in response to the announced state budget agreement.

“I’m pleased the administration and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement. Spending in the areas of E-12, higher education, public safety, and broadband are acceptable. The tax bill appears to have the resources to restore state aid to local governments to 2002 levels prior to the Pawlenty-administration cuts.

“I’m deeply disappointed in the Senate Republicans’ fierce objections to funding transportation infrastructure and jobs. Using the state’s rainy-day fund to prop up spending in the next biennium is a significant concern going forward. That type of shift jeopardizes Minnesota’s long-term fiscal health and the state’s AAA bond rating.

“I congratulate the Governor, Majority Leader Gazelka and Speaker Hortman for the long, arduous process they endured to accomplish a budget agreement prior to the constitutional deadline to adjourn.”

Senator Tom Bakk
Tom Bakk is the Senate DFL Leader and represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

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