A bill is moving forward in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate that would require all state agencies to reduce administrative expenses by five percent in each of the next four years. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has repeatedly said Democrats’ proposed tax hikes are *not* necessary to plug an expected budget shortfall in future years:

“We can reduce spending — it doesn’t have to be much — and we can use the Rainy Day Funds…Between those two things we can easily balance the budget.”

Saint Paul Democrat Rena Moran, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, says Republicans are choosing “arbitrary, indiscriminate and harmful cuts” to Minnesotans’ health care, education, and economic security, which will weaken the recovery and set Minnesota backward.