Dayton argues his case in St. Cloud

From Tom Scheck:

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton held a forum in St. Cloud today to make the case to the public that his budget battle with GOP legislative leaders has a wide- ranging impact on the state. The focus of the forum, held at a high school in St. Cloud, was special education funding.

More than 100 people attended the event and cheered when speakers called for higher taxes to help erase the state’s $5 billion projected budget deficit. Dayton said his plan would help protect special education funding.

“This is a reminder at what’s at stake for children with special needs–129,000 school children around Minnesota who have a need for special education and would experience cuts under the Republican budget proposal. That’s why Commissioner Cassellius and I are here today,” he said. “It’s certainly affirming to hear from those who are making due with even less money already.”

Six St. Cloud-area Republican lawmakers said they do not support additional revenue to balance the budget.

Rep.King Banaian, R-St. Cloud, said he won’t support new taxes to plug the budget gap.

“I do not believe we need new revenues. We have the most revenues that we have ever had in a state budget from state sources,” he said. ” We do not need additional revenues in this budget.”

Dayton is holding forums around the state as the the state government shutdown continues. He’ll be in southeastern Minnesota Wednesday.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Rep.King Banaian, R-St. Cloud, said he won’t support new taxes to plug the budget gap.

    “I do not believe we need new revenues. We have the most revenues that we have ever had in a state budget from state sources,” he said. “

    King Banaian, as usual, has no idea what he’s talking about. MN general fund projected revenues for FY2012 are less than actual revenues for FY2008.

    Factor in about 3%/yr for combined CPI inflation and population growth, and you have an 11% revenue drop over 4 years. Factor in greater-than-CPI medical care cost inflation and an aging population, and it’s even worse.

    “Economist” King Banaian doesn’t have a clue about this budget stuff.

  • Zebulun

    Where can the public find the when/where details for the forums later this week?