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Projected surplus grows to $1.2 billion

March 1, 2014

ST. PAUL (AP) — A bullish budget forecast showing a $1....

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Mar-03-14 3:55 PM

“Dahms said the surplus is a result of Minnesotans being overtaxed in the past.”

Its challenging to evenly balance tax revenues with public expenditures. Nonetheless, it’s disingenuous of Republicans to pass tax cuts in the name of “over taxation”, then cut funding to essential needs like road & bridge repair, basic infrastructure maintenance or education. No one is encouraging wanton spending of taxpayer dollars - those we entrust with our tax dollars must be accountable. Much is made of fraudulent or wasteful spending yet neither party is willing to rein in partisan spending. We should not expect our government to provide a monetary response for every need. We should expect them to adequately finance fundamental needs. IMO, forcing schools to cut staff or programs including music, art, theater or athletics is the result of poor governance, not prudent tax policy. Dahms & Baak are right, earmark some tax revenue for transportation and some for the "reserve" fund.

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Mar-01-14 3:17 PM

This is such an 8-track forum.

Fighting a battle of wits with unarmed opponents makes me cranky. Being unable to post links and having pc asterisks replace innocuous words does not help.

I should not have to make the case that a lack of funds has never been the problem in this state. The problem is the DFL and their custom of having hair-pulling contests between agencies and rewarding the winners with additional perks and pay.

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Mar-01-14 1:06 PM

Yup, the state budget is in the black because of the ill-gotten gain of Dayton and those DFL thugs. The public schools have been repaid and now have more than enough money to maintain their second rate status in our world. Our colleges and universities are doing well with their budget cuts. The pot holes in the roads are good for the tire and alignment businesses. The legislature needs to give back the money they hijacked from the people. We need Marty and the repubs to get us back into the red, and have more scandals. whooohoo, this is an election year.

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Mar-01-14 11:37 AM

It does seem that at some point Dayton and the DFL should start giving back their ill-gotten gain.

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