Minnesota Senate Republicans propose $51.9 billion state budget
March 17, 2021
Senate Republicans proposed a nearly $51.9 billion state budget on Tuesday, arguing Minnesota doesn't need to raise taxes amid a projected budget surplus and billions in federal aid.
Leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate debuted their initial topline numbers for the next two-year state budget, offering a counterpoint to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's plan. However, the totals could change, since they don't account for the latest federal relief package that includes an estimated $2.6 billion in one-time money for state government.
"We have billions coming in from the federal government, Minnesota has a surplus and what do we do about it? Well, here's what we don't do: First of all, we don't raise taxes," Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, said in a video announcing the budget priorities. "The governor continues to talk about raising taxes, even with all that money. Not going to do it."