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Minnesota budget surplus: Spend every penny (and then some)

Our public services are underfunded, and we have the funds

This week, Minnesota budget authorities will release their semiannual update on the state's finances. Barring major surprises, it will show that Minnesota has a considerable surplus. The announcement will renew an 18-month-old debate about what to do with the funds.

Most conservatives will continue calls to "give it back" through tax cuts, while most Democrats will champion a mix of tax cuts, targeted tax credits and increased funding for public goods and services like schools, child care and physical infrastructure.

Here's a different perspective: We need all of the surplus and more for public investments aimed at meeting the collective needs of Minnesotans.


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