Week 12 of the legislative session saw the press, Senators and the public pouring over the numbers released by Governor Dayton’s budget and both legislative bodies committee targets that they released late last week. I am disappointed by the targets set by the legislative bodies that speak to the priorities of the majorities in the House and Senate.
Despite hearing very costly bills in most committees throughout session, the Senate’s budget priorities lie with tax cuts for wealthy corporations, slim investments in education and transportation, and major cuts to other areas, particularly health and human services which will affect the most elderly and vulnerable in our state. They also cut the equity investments passed just last year, which was $38 million to address the employment gaps and support opporunities for our most under represented communities that are at risk. (more…)