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Gazelka: Senate GOP budget targets will reduce state spending

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said last week the GOP Senate  budget targets reaffirm the party’s commitment to rein in runaway government spending and lay the foundation for private sector job growth.

Leaders of the Senate Republican Majority Caucus announced their budget targets for their forthcoming proposal to solve the state’s budget deficit.  The overall budget spending level is set at roughly $34 billion for the 2012-13 biennial budget. 

“ Our budget targets reduce spending by 13 percent while still increasing our support in critical areas like education and public safety,” he said in a statement. “Minnesota families and businesses have been making tough decisions to live within their means and government should do the same. Brainerd and its surrounding communities cannot afford any more job loss — we need to stimulate the private economy by reducing government spending and relieving the tax burden on job creators.”