Baker

(St. Paul MN-) Local lawmakers are reacting to the state budget forecast released Tuesday which predicts Minnesota is heading for a 7.7 billion dollar budget surplus in 2022-2023, the biggest in state history. Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg is a member of the New House Republican Caucus, and in a news release said “This surplus clearly demonstrates that we should not be borrowing any money for bonding projects, period. There is no reason for Minnesota to put itself into debt when we have a projected surplus of $7.7 billion. We do not need big-spending politicians to mismanage our finances.” Representative Dave Baker of Willmar says the forecast shows there should be no talk of tax increases in the upcoming Legislative session...

...When asked if he thought the forecast meant a renewed push by DFLers to increase the amount of money put into a pool for bonuses for front-line COVID-19 workers, Baker said he thought the money lawmaker have already allocated for bonuses was enough...

...A special panel was not able to come to an agreement on if there should be a smaller pool of workers who would get a bigger bonus, or if the pool should extend to people like truck drivers and janitors who would all then get a smaller bonus. Governor Walz has said he would be willing to call a special session to approve the bonuses, but not it Senate Republicans would use the session to seek the ouster of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.