Old budget ghosts will hang over new Minnesota debate that opens Tuesday with Dayton's plan
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - For 8 of the past 11 years, deficits riddled
Minnesota's budget and lawmakers responded with spending cuts, fee
hikes, drawn-down reserves and other Scotch-tape solutions that
momentarily balanced the books.
A projected $1.1 billion shortfall is the official
problem this year, but the figure swells to more than twice that once
the IOUs and fancy accounting of the past are considered. The
Legislature isn't required to repair the past fixes, and probably won't.
But Democrats now in charge of the full state government say they want
to craft a more durable solution this time - and avoid the temptation to
paper over the problem.
The process begins Tuesday when Gov. Mark Dayton unveils his 2-year budget proposal.
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