Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are proposing cutting spending for health and human services programs, state agencies and local government aid to balance the state’s next two year budget.
The deepest cut is to health and human services where Republicans propose to cut $1.6 billion in projected growth. The plan also cuts half a billion dollars from state government programs – more than half of that area’s total projected budget. Republicans have argued that they will balance the state’s budget without raising taxes. The proposal is dramatically different than Governor Dayton’s plan. He wants to raise taxes on Minnesota’s top earners to erase part of the state’s $5 billion projected budget deficit and cut much less spending.
Here are the proposed Senate Targets. I’ll update with other info soon. Update: Here’s a picture of the document.
Education – $14, 297, 039
Education Shift ($138,975)
Education Net – $14, 158, 064
Health and Human Services – 10, 737,837
Agriculture and Rural Economies – $76,841
Environment, Energy, Commerce – $221,463
Jobs and Economic Growth – $103,246
Transportation – $140,158
Judiciary and Public Safety – $1,792,650
State Government Innovation and Veterans – $412,922
Tax Aids and Credits Spending – $2,727,726
Debt Service, Capital Projects, Cancellations – $1,148,994
Other/Reserves – $242,262
Total General Fund Spending – $34,267,681