Minnesota Senate Republicans say the state’s expected budget surplus growing to 1.5 billion dollars shows that Minnesotans should get back a billion of that in the form of tax cuts. But Governor Tim Walz warns of long-term budget effects, given that significant tax cuts were approved last year:

“What I don’t want to do is repeat the mistakes that we’ve seen at the federal level, where you give a tax cut that’s unpaid that has trillion-dollar deficits… or what we witnessed in Minnesota where we went six billion dollars in the hole.”

Senate Republican Leader Paul Gazelka responds:

“I have a lot of concern about the ongoing spending increases that automatically happen, and how do we control our spending. And so there’s two sides of that equation.”