We've made significant progress over the past two years. When we arrived at the Capitol in January of 2013, the state was facing a $600 million budget deficit and owed our schools more than $800 million.
Thanks to an improving economy and a structurally-balanced budget from 2013, we returned to the Capitol this past January with a $1.2 billion budget surplus. We worked with members across the aisle to find common sense solutions and pass a mix of tax cuts for families and businesses and investments in jobs and education.
In less than two years, we've already moved Minnesota forward by:
Even with all that's been accomplished throughout this past session, there's still work to be done. I look forward to talking with you this summer about how we can continue to move Minnesota forward.