Pelowski Expecting Special Session to Address Budget Deficit

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(KWNO) Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) is expecting state lawmakers to work through the summer and into the fall to address a budget deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesota is getting $1.87 billion in federal stimulus dollars. The money cannot be saved for budget purposes, according to Pelowski.

A budget forecast released earlier in the weeks shows the state’s budget in a $2.4 billion deficit due to increased spending and a lack of tax revenue caused by the pandemic. The state has saved over $2 billion in budget reserves.

Pelowski said lawmakers will spend the special sessions on balancing the budget and to decide how to use the federal dollars. The legislative session is scheduled to end on May 18.

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