Senate Republicans are pushing to give one billion dollars of the state’s expected budget surplus back to Minnesotans by reducing the lowest income tax rate, expanding the K-12 education tax credit and eliminating state income tax on Social Security benefits — plus tax relief for farmers and other measures. Tax Committee Chairman Roger Chamberlain:

“The only folks up here that are not truly represented by a special interest are all those people who pay the bills…. We are gonna fully and adequately represent the workers and the taxpayers and the people who pay the bills in the state of Minnesota.”

Senate Republicans’ plan squarely breaks with Democrats by *not* including money to expand early childhood education programs. Chamberlain says they’re not giving up on opportunity for kids, but “we have other priorities right now.”