Kitchen table priorities and the state budget Kitchen Table Priorities and the State Budget Governor Pawlenty frequently compares the state budget process to a family sitting around the kitchen table, working on their household budget. Pawlenty says that in difficult financial times like these, families make tough budget cuts and Minnesota needs to do the same.The kitchen table metaphor is a good one to use, but the Governor's pr... Read More
Christina Wessel: Make Minnesota's budget add up to a future that worksAlthough I hate to admit it, the state's budget is more than a bunch of numbers. I really enjoy immersing myself in general-fund balance statements and legislative committee spreadsheets, but I know the figures should add up to a vision for the future of our state. Right now, the figures may not add up as nicely as we'd like, but that's no reason to give up on that vision. ... Read More
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Budget forecast could fuel debate on taxes Tuesday marks a day many lawmakers have been dreading -- the release of the state's updated economic forecast. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has indicated that forecast could show the state's budget deficit has swelled from $4.8 billion to $7 billion. Wary that the grim update might spur Democrats to push for tax increases, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem is urging against that option. In an e-mail to th... Read More
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