Baker

(Willmar MN-) The November budget forecast suggests the state of Minnesota will have a one-point-five-four-billion-dollar surplus the next two years. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans says this is really good budget stability news and 491-million dollars will be added to the budget reserve, which now totals more than two-billion dollars. He warns that there could be slower growth in the future. Republicans claim the surplus is a reflection of the work they did last session. Republican Representative Dave Baker of Willmar says the figures are very good news, and says it shows the legislature does not need to resort to tax increases to pay for government operations and infrastructure improvements...

...Baker also said the 2% provider tax that raises $400 million dollars every year for health care sunsets at the end of this year, and while some are calling for it to be extended, Baker says the state should keep it's promise and end it...

...Republican Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City issued a statement saying “This really puts a stamp on the good work House Republicans did as a majority the last four years to spur our state’s economy,” Urdahl said. “Minnesota’s economy is in far better shape now than before we took over and the future looks bright. The concern would come if the new majority views this surplus as found money to fuel more government spending and then tops it off with even more tax increases in the upcoming session." 491 million dollars of the surplus will go into the state's rainy day fund, bringing it up to an all time high of over 2 billion dollars. The 2019 session begins January 8th.