Sen. Carla Nelson was sworn in today, to represent Senate District 26 in the 88th session of the Minnesota State Senate.
Immediately, Sen. Nelson announced her priorities for the current session: “The 2013 legislative session’s focus is on the budget,” sen. Nelson said. “The current budget will end with $2.5 billion on the bottom line. According to Minnesota law, the first billion of it is sent to refill the budget reserve and cash flow accounts. The remainder has been sent back to the schools to repay school shifts enacted by both DFL and GOP legislature of the past.”
Looking forward, $1 billion remains of the school shift. Although revenue is projected to increase, so is spending under the current legislature.
“I will focus on sustainable budget solutions with an eye toward economic growth,” Sen. Nelson added. “Without growth, revenue winds up taking too big a bite out of the taxpayers’ wallets.”