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Terry Kroke, Moorhead, Published February 09 2013

Letter: Editorial right on Minn. budget

The characterization of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal as “no-gimmick, transparent and reasonable” in the Forum editorial of Feb. 5 got it right. This budget would fix many of the problems that Minnesota has been facing.

In recent sessions, the Legislature has used accounting gimmicks that push the responsibility to pay for services we use now into future years and onto future generations. During this same time, the wealthy have paid less in taxes while more of the burden has been shifted onto the middle class. Critical services in Minnesota have been cut to the bone, and it’s time for the Legislature to take a more balanced approach.

After billions of dollars in cuts to schools and critical services, the governor’s plan simply asks the rich and big corporations to pay their fair share in taxes in order to restore funding for priorities like caring for our seniors, supporting small-business growth, training skilled workers for high-paying jobs, and giving our children a world-class education.

We know the best way to improve our economy and balance the budget is to invest in our schools and infrastructure, which will bring new businesses here and create jobs – and that’s exactly what Dayton’s budget plan does.