Minnesota recently received some exciting news about our schools and our economy.
According to a new economic forecast, our state is facing a projected budget surplus of nearly $1.1 billion. This means that we can completely repay the money state lawmakers previously borrowed from our schools, an unpopular gimmick used to balance the state budget that is widely known as the “school shift.”
As one of the members of Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, I have the opportunity to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects that benefit our entire state.
Over the past several years, we’ve gotten a hefty dose of gridlock and grandstanding from politicians in Washington, D.C. – all at the expense of small businesses and middle class families.
Instead of putting aside their differences, lawmakers at our nation’s capitol caused the first federal government shutdown in over 15 years. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are being hit with unnecessary economic pain and hardship. Workers are not getting paychecks, businesses are losing customers, and children from low-income families are being blocked from their classrooms.