State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato says the state’s accounting practices make the one-point-three billion-dollar surplus look better than what reality is.

“The one-point-three billion is not going to be one-point-three billion,” said Considine. “In the Pawlenty years the state decided they wouldn’t take inflation into account when it comes to budgeting, which is just stupid. Everyone else has to.”

Considine says he hopes the money will be used in bonding and transportation. He feels the state can do that comfortably with the current budget situation and the fact that all of the rainy day emergency funds are currently capped.