MN Senate DFL Leaders Release Budget Framework

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MN Senate DFL Leaders Release Budget Framework

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Senate DFL says it wants to resolve the state's $627 million deficit responsibly.

Leaders unveiled their budget proposal Wednesday, ahead of the Governor's state-wide tour starting in Duluth.

The Senate DFL joins the Governor and House DFL leaders in what they say is a new course to strengthening the economy.

The plan calls for $1.4 billion in targeted new investments.

The largest investment, $486 million for K through 12 education and another $262 million for higher education.

It also puts $135 million toward creating new jobs.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) said, “Our budget is built around some fairly simple priorities that I think reflect those of most Minnesotans. Investing our kids’ education is crucial to our state’s future, and property tax relief can’t come soon enough for Minnesota families.”

The Senate's proposal also makes property tax relief a priority for Minnesotans.

Senate GOP leaders responded to Wednesday's proposal saying the $3 billion increase in spending from the current budget will hurt the economy.

They say it includes zero reforms and zero new ideas.

“State Senate Democrats continue to propose job-killing tax increases despite our struggling economy,” said Minnesota Senate Republican Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie). “We should make sure every dollar the state takes is used efficiently and effectively before we ask Minnesotans to pay more. The Senate DFL budget includes zero reform and zero new ideas."

Republican leaders have yet to release their own budget proposal.

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