State House Republicans this morning unveiled their budget targets for the next two years. House Speaker Kurt Daudt says there are three key priorities:
Specifically, Republicans are calling for $450 million in new funding for roads and bridges and just over a billion dollars in new funding for K-12 education. The plan also proposes $1.35 billion dollars in tax relief for middle-class Minnesotans and small businesses.
House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin of Rogers says the budget “puts Minnesota families first: it respects taxpayers and invests in key priorities.”
House Republicans are calling their proposal the “Minnesota Way” and say it limits government spending more than the budgets rolled out last week by Governor Dayton and the Senate.
In a statement, Governor Dayton says:
“It is impossible to respond to a proposal, for which, when asked how it will cut $600 million from Health and Human Services, the response is, ‘That’s up to the Committee.’ When the Committees start making these numbers real, we will then have something to discuss.”