Independence Party candidate Rob Hahn is up next in our effort to get gubernatorial hopefuls to show us their budget priorities in our Almanac “Budget Slap Shot.” Hahn made a big statement by putting the most in education (k-12 & higher ed) allocating a staggering 61%. That came at the expense of health and human services which received 22%, the same amount Republican Tom Emmer put in to the category. Transportation came in at 6%, local government aids 5%, public safety 4%, environment, bonding and economic development were all at 3%, state government 2% and ag/vets 1%.
Hahn also stands out for being just one of two candidates to chose a mix of cuts/reforms and revenue to balance the budget. We were working with all funds available for spending at about $58 billion and with an estimated $5.8 billion shortfall; we made the candidates account for a 10% shortfall. In our “Revenue Bucket” Hahn got 3% from federal money, 2% from income tax revenue, 2% from river boat gambling, 1% from closing corporate tax loopholes. Then, from his existing budget, Hahn subtracted through reforms 1% from health and human services and 1% from state government.