New Report Details Impact of Budget Proposals
St. Paul, Minn., June 27, 2011 - A new report from the Minnesota Budget Project lays out the differences and similarities between budget proposals by the Governor and Legislature; and how each plan affects Minnesotans.
A Tale of Two Visions: Comparing Governor Dayton's and the Legislature's FY 2012-13 Budgets analyzes each budget plan’s proposals for critical public services including health care, education, higher education, job training, taxes, economic development and others.
The report analyzes each budget’s vision for the future of Minnesota and the impact on Minnesotans. It is premised on the fact that each plan is based on a different vision for Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s proposal takes a balanced approach that includes a mix of revenues and spending cuts. The Legislature’s budget relies heavily on service cuts.
The report concludes that a balanced approach is needed to protect higher education, transit, health care and other public investments that are crucial to the state’s ability to recover from the recession and create a more successful future.
It is a valuable tool for anyone looking for clear, detailed information about the two budget plans. It’s especially useful as the debate intensifies in the last few days before the July 1 start of the state's next two-year budget cycle.
The Minnesota Budget Project, an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, provides independent research, analysis and advocacy on budget and tax issues emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income Minnesotans.