Thursday, October 23, 2008

Candidates for State House 12B Talk Cost Saving Measures

State Representative Al Doty expects a one to two billion dollar revenue shortfall when the legislature convenes the new session after the first of the year. The District 12B DFL-er says the Governor vetoed a bill to increase the income tax on the richest Minnesotans last session, as one way to balance the budget, and he expects another effort again next session. Doty also feels the state can save a lot of money on administrative expenses that go to insurance companies for health care. And, he thinks a state run casino is a good idea.
His Republican opponent, Mike LeMieur feels money can be saved by reducing some of the top heavy administrative department positions in state government. And, the Little Falls Councilman says the state should stick to the rate of inflation in its budgeting. LeMieur says he does not want to see a reduction in local government aid to cities and counties.
Both candidates appeared on KLKS as part of the Meet the Candidates series.

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