State of Minnesota Archives: on Budget & Economy


Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap

Abeler has been a state representative for 15 years and served as chairman of the state health and human services finance committee in 2011. Those experiences will be helpful when it comes to dealing with issues like the federal deficit and health care reform, he said.

Abeler said the $17 trillion national deficit, and massive debt to foreign countries, are issues that national legislators will need to contend with. "If we don't get that under control, it will consume us," he said.

Abeler said his past legislative experiences would help in trying to find a solution. When Minnesota was faced with a $6 billion state deficit in 2011, Abeler led the committee that found a way to cut $3.8 billion in human services spending through permanent reductions. Cuts were made carefully to avoid harming the people who receive state services, he said. As a measure of the bill's success, he noted that Gov. Mark Dayton has kept the reductions in place.

Source: Marshall Independent on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Nov 28, 2013

Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor

Q: Every few years, Congress fights over the federal debt limit. Would you have any preconditions on whether you'd support raising the debt limit?

A: We're looking at close to $17 trillion in debt now. It represents almost 80% of our GDP, and that's problematic. As it comes to debt ceiling negotiations, I would be front and center in any part of those negotiations, and I think what needs to be measured is, on one hand, we need to provide some fiscal constraint in terms of government spending. We've been spending like a drunken sailor and we have to stop that. That's got to be measured against what that does to our credit in the world market for borrowing money if we violate our debt covenants.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 15, 2013

Mark Dayton: Lift us out of miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle

We have repaired much of the fiscal damage we inherited, but we're not done yet. We face another deficit, projected at $1.1 billion, for the next biennium; and we still owe our schools another $1.1 billion. My budget for the next biennium would lift us out of this miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle. It would eliminate the $1.1 billion deficit, balance the biennial budget, and begin the following biennium with a projected surplus.

Where do we want Minnesota to be in a year, or in a decade? We will not agree on every aspect. However, if we can discover our shared goals, perhaps we will find greater accord on how best to achieve them. We can also better assess whether the path we're now on will lead us to them.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Minnesota Legislature Feb 6, 2013

George W. Bush: Too much government spending will end prosperity

Gore offers an old and tired approach. He offers a new federal spending program to nearly every voting bloc. He expands entitlements, without reforms to sustain them. 285 new or expanded programs, and $2 trillion more in new spending. Spending without discipline, spending without priorities, and spending without an end. Al Gore’s massive spending would mean slower growth and higher taxes. And it could mean an end to this nation’s prosperity.
Source: Speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota Nov 1, 2000

Mark Dayton: Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday

Dayton may also be the most liberal of the major DFL Senate candidates. He is the only one who says he’ll push for immediate universal health care, and wants the federal government to pay for 90 percent of special education costs, instead of the current 12 percent. Dayton says he may be running against the tide by arguing for more government spending in an era of “give it all back”, but he says now is the time to invest in education, health care and Social Security.

“If we don’t take advantage of this budget surplus at the federal and state level, which always comes to an end, as economic cycles always do, to improve the quality of public education, to help seniors pay for their prescription medicines; if we don’t do it now, I fear for the future of this country, especially when we fall in more difficult times,” Dayton said.

Source: Laura McCallum, Minnesota Public Radio on-line Aug 1, 2000

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