March 17, 2017 05:32 PM
Gov. Dayton and Senate Republicans have released new budget plans when it comes to how they would like to spend the state’s $1.65 billion budget surplus. What do you think should be done with the surplus? Should it be given back to Minnesotans in the form of tax credits? Saved for a rainy day? Or invested in programs like PreK education funding?
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to put much of a growing budget surplus toward expanding a new preschool program.
Gov. Mark Dayton released his retooled budget proposal Friday that capitalizes on a surplus that's grown since previous estimates of $1.4 billion. State budget officials now project the Legislature has a $1.65 billion budget to work with.
The Democratic governor wants to use $175 million to expand the preschool program launched last year. Dayton calls it a top priority.
But the biggest dollar amount wouldn't be spent at all. Dayton wants to set aside $200 million to cover unforeseen costs passed down by the federal government.
Dayton's proposal sets off a budgetary tug-of-war with Republicans who control the Legislature. GOP lawmakers have signaled they'll push for much bigger tax breaks.
Updated: March 17, 2017 05:32 PM
Created: March 16, 2017 08:01 PM
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