Top Republican lawmakers say about proposed tax increases in Governor Tim Walz’s budget: No way.

“We’re focused on, let’s get the economy back up and running, let’s get the vaccine out so that businesses won’t be forced to shut down by a governor, where kids won’t be forced to not be in school by a governor.”

Senate G-O-P Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the state budget can be balanced by tapping the “rainy day” reserve in combination with minimal program cuts. The governor responds Republicans need to tell Minnesotans how they’ll be impacted:

“Did you want me to cut the epidemiologist who found the Brazilian (COVID) variant?   Did you want me to cut the State Patrol officer who was protecting cities or out on the highways at night?   Be specific!”