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Published May 09, 2010, 06:09 PM

Minnesota Legislature Discusses Budget On Monday

Minnesota legislators will debate a proposed plan tomorrow to help make up for the state's almost three billion dollar budget gap.

Minnesota legislators will debate a proposed plan tomorrow to help make up for the state's almost three billion dollar budget gap.

Tomorrow the Minnesota Legislature will meet to discuss a DFL proposed plan to make up for the almost three billion dollar gap in the state's budget.

This follows a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned Governor Tim Pawlenty's 2009 budget cuts.

Sen. Leroy Stumpf/MN Senator: "It will include cuts to a lot of programs and some of it will also include delays in payments to school districts."

Senator Leroy Stumpf says last year the Governor signed all the spending bills without signing the revenue bill that would have paid for all the government spending.

Sen. Leroy Stumpf/MN Senator:"Ever since Governor Pawlenty took office he has taken the ability to raise revenues in some areas when there need away from the legislature."

With this new proposed plan, Stumpf says that Minnesotans should expect an increase in taxes.

Sen. Leroy Stumpf/MN Senator:"That's what happens when the state doesn't come through in the basic responsibilities that we should shoulder then that requires local governments to raise revenues."

Stumpf says that there has been a lot of frustration between senators about this problem, and that the Legislature should start working together to solve this budget crisis.

Sen. Leroy Stumpf/MN Senator:"The years that I have been there the government functions best when all the players or all the people involved talk to one another honestly discuss rather than point fingers back and forth."

Senator Stumpf says they would like to have the budget figured out before the end of this year's session.

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