This is part of our series on the debate over the new budget for the State of Minnesota. To see previous articles on the new proposed budget click here
Governor Tim Walz proposed the largest budget in terms of spending in the history of Minnesota. The total budget is set to cost just under $50 Billion dollars over the next budget cycle. This is a 9% increase over the current spending.
Governor Walz is proposing to use part of the spending increase to hire more staff for his administration. Walz says he needs additional funding to help him answer questions and concerns from citizens.
Assistant Republican leader Tony Albright expressed concerns about this spending request telling Star Tribune “I find it a bit surreal that the governor is proposing a budget that raises taxes and he can’t find in his own budget what other administrations have found in theirs: The ability to take care of constituent services because that’s what it is.”
The Walz administration defended the proposal to the Star Tribune saying “The [Governor’s] Office does not have the current capacity to provide additional reactive and proactive outreach and engagement efforts, which are critical to Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s vision for One Minnesota,” the document states.
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