Pelowski: Raising Revenue Not Viable for Budget Shortfall
TJ Leverentz | Jul 30, 2020 AT 11:18 am
(KWNO) While state lawmakers work to find a compromise on a bonding bill, another major issue is lurking on the horizon; balancing Minnesota’s budget.
The latest projection shows the state in a $2.4 billion budget deficit. Minnesota’s constitution requires a balanced state budget.
“I don’t see raising revenue in this economic situation as a viable alternative. So, we’re going to have to probably deal with cuts. Now the size of those cuts will depend on exactly what the projections are going to be,” Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) told KWNO Thursday.
Pelowski says education and health make up a majority of the state’s budget, two areas will be difficult to cut as instruction is set to resume during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Schools don’t have the resources or the ability to raise those resources to address how are you going to do social distancing and how are you going to do distancing learning,” said Pelowski.
The state has $600 million in federal money that could go towards assisting schools. The money can only be allocated for COVID-19 recovery purposes by Walz.