U.S. Senator Tina Smith says she will do what she can on the federal level to help Minnesota close its 2.4 billion dollar budget deficit. She says a lot of people don’t realize that state taxpayers send over 700-million dollars more to Washington D.C. than we get back into the state:

“So getting help from the federal government makes sense. And it helps to pay for local schools, helps to pay for transportation, helps to pay for healthcare. And it helps for basic public services like police and fire at the local level.”

Smith was back in Washington D.C. this week, working remotely with other Senate members holding virtual hearings.