Year in Review – Marquart Previews Legislative Sessions
Legislators will soon be called back into action in Minnesota, but this time for their regular session instead of a special session. Last year getting a bonding bill passed was the main priority, so this year when they convene on January 4th, the legislature will focus on putting together a balanced budget for next biennium, according to District 4B Representative Paul Marquart.
Finding the areas to make cuts without impacting rural Minnesota in some way will be difficult, according to Marquart, who notes that between 85% and 90% of the state’s budget is spent on schools, colleges, nursing homes, and local government aid. He adds that the best way to cut spending is to find more efficient ways for the government to operate.
Minnesota will once again have a divided legislature this session with a Republican controlled Senate and a Democratic House.