AFSCME Council 5 statement on February budget forecast

The following is a statement on the February budget forecast from AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director John Westmoreland:

“Though today’s revenue forecast is good news for this year, it indicates that the economy may be slowing down. This forecast presents us with a choice: should we cut corners and restrict services, or raise the revenue needed to provide the outcomes Minnesotans expect and deserve? For AFSCME Council 5, the answer is clear. We need to resist fear and invest in what makes our state great – our neighbors.

We look forward to working with Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, and the Minnesota Legislature to find practical ways to fund policies that advance our shared values. With a budget surplus this year and a slowdown on the horizon, now is the perfect time to put our money where our mouths are and invest in Minnesota’s future.”