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• Boost programs for ex-offender community re-entry.
• Finance the growth of affordable housing.
• Restore cuts to local government aid.
Our budgets reflect our priorities. We ought to use the prospect of a surplus to again ask ourselves what’s important for the people of Minnesota. Right now, 140,000 unemployed Minnesotans do not have a surplus. The 357,000 Minnesotans who would benefit from a $9.50-an-hour minimum wage do not have a surplus. Nearly 600,000 Minnesotans living in poverty do not have a surplus.
After a decade-plus of chronic deficits, this $825 million is a rare opportunity. It’s a chance to make Minnesota work better for the people who make Minnesota work.
Dan McGrath is executive director of TakeAction Minnesota.
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