Republicans insist we hold the line on taxes. So let’s say we rule out revenue increases as a solution to the state’s budget shortfall.
DFLers fight to defend care for the elderly, child protection and the like. Who wants to kick Granny out of the nursing home? So let’s shelter human services programs too.
Let’s also shield K-12 education. After all, the education of the next generation is our most urgent economic imperative.
Finally, let’s assume the state can’t default on its debts.
Here’s where we’re left: In order to balance the state’s general fund budget, we have to cut two-thirds of the money for everything else — for running prisons, supporting public universities, aiding military veterans, maintaining state parks, ensuring safe food and profitable farms, etc.
Now, let’s get real. Someone clearly has to compromise.
As officials in St. Paul stake out their positions for the budget showdown, you can do the same, using this MinnPost guide to the state’s budget puzzle.