St. Paul, Minn. – Today, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November budget forecast, which revealed a budget surplus of $7.7 billion for the FY 2022-2023 biennium. In response, Senator Ann Johnson Stewart (DFL-Minnetonka) released the following statement:
“I am elated to hear that Minnesota is expecting a historic budget surplus of $7.7 billion. Now more than ever, we are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring good stewardship of these funds and allocating them to the highest-need areas.
Contrary to my Republican colleagues’ refusal to acknowledge the severity of COVID-19, our healthcare system and workers are incredibly overburdened as hospitals continue to overflow beyond capacity. Working families, frontline workers, and small businesses continue to carry the heaviest burdens inflicted by the pandemic, and marginalized and vulnerable communities are experiencing disproportionate devastation. It is crucial that we prioritize a fair and equitable recovery for all Minnesotans.
We must also address our infrastructure failures and maintenance needs. Many Minnesotans in every corner of the state lack access to clean drinking water and adequate sewage treatment, so we must use this surplus to properly invest in fixing these shortcomings as quickly as possible. This is critical to both our health and the environment. Access to clean drinking water and safe and functional sewage treatment is a basic human right, and we should not tolerate even one of us living without them.”