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Hornstein: Government Finance Cuts Would Hurt State's Quality of Life

The bill clocks in just over $600 million for the next two years.

Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) said Republican cuts in the state finance bill, which passed the House 75-61 Wednesday, would degrade the quality of life in the state.

“This is some of the smoke and mirrors we see under the guise of reform and efficiency,” said Hornstein. “MnDot is already running on bare bones maintenance budget, [we're] just getting over one of the snowiest winters on record."

Hornstein said the cuts would slow down commutes and lead to more congested highays. "That seriously degrades our quality of life,” he said.

The legislation includes a major overhaul of state government, which constitutes about a one-third cut. The bill passed despite claims from Democrats, including House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis), that the bill is fiscally unbalanced.

It now heads to conference committee with the Senate version, then to the governor.

John Ferman April 08, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Slower commutes, while an inconvience are not crippling. I suspect Frank had more to say than you published. Under the Rs budget cutting would the highway rest (read potty) stations close, for example. What else affecting everyday life is cut?
Kevin O'Donovan May 23, 2011 at 04:47 AM
The DFL can't understand that citizens want to keep what they earn and the freedom to enjoy it. The quality of life in MN is not dependent on politicians. The quality of life is threatened by them. Liberty and less needless demands from the EGOS IN CHARGE is what most citizens want. Keep raising taxes , fees, and regulations and the amount of paved roads will exceed the demand.

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