Rep. John Ward (right) talked about the legislative session at a news conferenc

DFL lawmakers: Tax revenue must be part of budget fix


Describing their Republican counterparts as having their “feet stuck in cement,” Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday said a balanced approach, including tax revenue, would have to be part of a state budget solution.

Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, said it remains to be seen how the governor and legislators will get to the end result but he rejected what he called the “all cuts” approach of Republicans.

“The main focus needs to be ... to have a balanced budget,” Ward said.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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