MN GOP Leaders: Less Spending, Less Taxes

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota GOP leaders say they're confident both sides of the aisle will be able to come to an agreement on a budget this session.

Senate Minority Leader David Hann is traveling across the state during the legislature's spring break this week to talk about the budget.

The Senator says the GOP wants to cut spending to help resolve the state's $627 million deficit.

Sen. Hann says the budget proposals from the Governor, the House and Senate focus too heavily on revenue increases by the way of nearly $2 billion in taxes.

"We think that is excessive, we think that is over reach and we don't think it's necessary," Sen. Hann said. "So what we're trying to do is propose to our friends on the other side of the aisle that we should focus on trying to manage the spending down within the revenues that we have and see if we can find bipartisan ways to bring reform to that spending ."

"I believe this proposal is the responsible, balanced budget the People of MN deserve," the Governor said during his budget address earlier this month. "There are no shifts, borrowing or other gimmicks to balance."

Sen. Hann also says he doesn't think this is the year to introduce a bonding bill with the work that needs to be done on the budget.

The governor said during his budget address that a $750 million bonding bill is on the table this session.

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