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Point two in restoring fiscal responsibility

By JEREMY MILLER

Winona

In July, I shared Point 1 of my three-point plan to restore fiscal responsibility to Minnesota, and today I will share Point 2.

According to the latest forecast from Minnesota Management and Budget, during the next biennium our state is facing a $5.5 billion deficit. Revenues are projected to increase by 7.4 percent, while spending is projected to increase by 26.1 percent.

As Point 2 to restore fiscal responsibility, we must reduce wasteful government spending.

Legislators must conduct a full top-to-bottom review of Minnesota's budget to help expose duplication and waste. As your next senator, I will focus on the services and programs that residents truly need and eliminate those that are no longer necessary.

Our state can no longer afford Washington-style spending. As people concerned about Minnesota's future, we need legislators who understand the difference between needs and wants. We need legislators who will ask the question, "Can we afford it?"

Government's role is to provide basic needs and services to the people. With projected revenues of more than $33 billion, there is no reason the state of Minnesota can't provide these basic needs and services while staying within the budget.

Legislators must look at combining government services and resources, working together in a collaborative manner, and reducing excess overhead. It's time to become more efficient with taxpayers' money by prioritizing spending. We simply can't spend more money than revenues coming in.

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If you're tired of politics as usual and are looking for a fresh face with a new attitude on reducing wasteful government spending, let's join together to help make southeastern Minnesota an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Please share your thoughts and ideas by e-mail at jeremy@friendsformiller.com or by calling me at home,

(507) 474-2562.

Miller is the District 31 GOP-endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate.

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