Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the February 2017 state budget forecast that projected a budget surplus increase from $1.4 billion to $1.65 billion:
“Minnesota’s continuing streak of budget surpluses shows that Governor Dayton’s leadership and working Minnesotans continue to keep our state in excellent fiscal health.
“While other states are cutting their way out of massive deficits, Minnesota has an opportunity to invest in working people through education, infrastructure improvements, and job creation.
“Lawmakers should be careful; a surplus can quickly become a deficit if we return to the days of reckless tax cuts and fall into another recession.
“Minnesota is on the right track; let’s make sure it stays on the right track.”