The 2009 Legislative Session officially kicked off on January 6th and while it has been busy, I have enjoyed getting back to the State Capitol to work towards the solutions our District and State need in these trying times.
We are at a pivotal time in the history of our state. Minnesota workers, families and businesses are feeling the squeeze from a national economic recession. As State Leaders, we have to make job creation and protection our top agenda item so we can help Minnesotans recover.
Another byproduct of the recession has been a steep decline in state revenue and a subsequent $5 billion state budget deficit. It will be important to consider the reasons our state is in this tough situation when we consider what action to take to close the deficit. Minnesota needs a balanced, fair solution that doesn’t push the bulk of the burden onto middle class Minnesotans as has happened with past deficits.
Throughout the session, I will keep you up to date as we move forward with efforts to help Minnesota’s economy recover and work towards a responsibly balanced budget.
Rep. David Bly