"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 10:55:36, Apr 3rd 2014 - Attendee - I do think the meeting went well in terms of sharing information. But also ... [Read More]
- 11:56:59, Apr 2nd 2014 - svtaxpayer - Start the meeting with the same old rehash about how great college class ... [Read More]
- 11:30:55, Mar 28th 2014 - RoryKramer - I couldn't have said it any better. My family has shopped at Willie's f ... [Read More]
- 8:44:51, Mar 26th 2014 - Gunnar Berg - Would that be Henrik's lessor known younger brother "Al"? ... [Read More]
- 1:21:46, Mar 23rd 2014 - REDHORSE51 - EXCELLENT COMMENTARY ON BULLYING, HOWEVER THE AUTHOR STILL SUPPORTS THE ... [Read More]
- 6:23:24, Mar 17th 2014 - about time - About time they start giving tickets to people who park where it days no ... [Read More]
- 5:51:04, Mar 17th 2014 - what? - I guess it depends who you are in this town. I called and talked to the city ... [Read More]
- 4:03:17, Mar 14th 2014 - - Looking for his mom and found this. Randy you will be greatly missed. I loved all ... [Read More]
- 10:21:04, Mar 14th 2014 - Doc - So many winners. ... [Read More]
- 8:58:49, Mar 10th 2014 - dan - Great letter Steve! That is attitude we should be taking, alternatives will be ... [Read More]
Wed, Sep 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota
Posted in State of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN-With the state facing a $5.8 billion deficit, Minnesotans deserve detailed answers on how candidates for governor will close the budget gap, said the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today at a press event as they unveiled a new website that will allow candidates and everyday Minnesotans to do precisely that.
The site, www.MyMNBudget.com, provides an online budget simulator that recreates the state budget. Users can adjust state spending and taxes in order to bring Minnesota's financial books back in balance. Users are also provided with descriptions of each state-funded program so that they can make informed decisions and have a better idea of each decision's impact.
"We are only 65 days away from the election and have seen only partial details from the candidates for governor as to how they will solve the deficit. That's not good enough. If an average Minnesotan can create a balanced budget with this tool, so should candidates," said Steve Peterson, senior policy analyst for CGMC, the organization that designed the website.
Peterson said that it is critical for candidates to create a dollar-for-dollar budget plan with the budget simulator so voters have a clear idea of how they will be impacted by choices such as tax increases or cuts in state services.
"Simply put, if you can't tell us how you would balance the budget, should you be running for governor?" Peterson asked.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who has supported rural mayors in raising awareness of how state budget cuts impact cities, said exhaustively complete budget plans, such as those produced by the online budget simulator, will help local officials in the coming months as they plan their 2011 budgets.
"Whether you are the mayor of St. Paul, St. Peter or St. Martin, how the next governor deals with the budget deficit will affect your community more than any other decision you make at the local level," Coleman said. "We are putting local budgets together that determine how many police officers and firefighters we can support, if our libraries can remain open, and whether property taxes will increase or not. We need answers from these candidates so that the public knows how they will personally be impacted, and so that city leaders can make planning decisions accordingly."
CGMC, a non-partisan organization that represents 75 outstate cities, plans on holding news conferences around the state in the coming weeks to raise public awareness about the website.
"Let me tell you, after I spent 5 minutes on the site, I have real awareness for how significant a nearly $6 billion dollar deficit is," said Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson. "These are very difficult decisions facing our state, and we hope this website will also be a tool to engage the public, before the election, in understanding the size of the deficit and how their family and community will be impacted by the decisions made to balance it."