Pogemiller: Break It Down

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wants the Legislature to break down the job of balancing the state budget, probably into three steps.

Pogemiller suggests taking the first $300 million step by cutting down some agency budgets that most lawmakers agree can be accomplished. The second phase of cuts would be more controversial, reducing some human services and, perhaps, education programs.

Pogemiller did not say what would be included in Phase 3, but it would be the most controversial and likely handled near the May 17 end of the legislative session.

Pogemiller: Break It Down

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wants the Legislature to break down the job of balancing the state budget, probably into three steps.

Pogemiller suggests taking the first $300 million step by cutting down some agency budgets that most lawmakers agree can be accomplished. The second phase of cuts would be more controversial, reducing some human services and, perhaps, education programs.

Pogemiller did not say what would be included in Phase 3, but it would be the most controversial and likely handled near the May 17 end of the legislative session.