The Minnesota Legislature is planning on meeting this Thursday to rush forward another spending package to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to Fluence Media, the legislation would contain Governor Walz' supplemental spending budget to include:
- $200 million to establish a COVID-19 emergency fund
- $29 million for emergency child care grants
- $10 million for DEED’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Fund
- $9 million for food shelves
Noticeably missing from the discussion, however, is why the legislature and Governor aren't proposing to give back the remainder of the budget surplus and the massive reserves, often referred to as "rainy day funds". Returning these funds could amount to $2,000 for taxpaying families in Minnesota.
Hey Senator Gazelka and Speaker Hortman: It's raining in Minnesota!
What possible crisis or emergency is more important than giving this money back to us right now? We've been overtaxed, which is why these funds even exist. As the federal government turns to the printing press to send checks to Americans (not a real solution in the long haul), the Minnesota legislature could give back billions of real dollars that are sitting in a government account.
It's immoral for these politicians to meet on Thursday and ignore the real struggles that Minnesota families are going through financially when there is something they can do about it. The restaurant industry is completely crushed since they've been ordered to close their businesses. And we're learning everyday about members of our organization who are being laid off or losing their jobs.
So why is the legislature and Governor not giving us back our money? Are they worried that government revenues will fall this year and hoping to keep the money for more wasteful, government projects? Shouldn't the Republican Senate, who say they are for less government and less taxes, be leading on this issue right now?
We, the people of Minnesota, are facing some uncertain times. A lot of that is the result of government's overreaction. So now, more than ever, we call on the legislature and Governor to immediately give back the surplus and budget reserves to the taxpayers!