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Viewpoint: Minnesota state budget solutions must involve compromise all sides can support

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When I came to the Legislature and ever since I've been here, I've pledged to work in a bi-partisan fashion to build consensus. That promise was tested recently when I made the difficult decision to vote against the House Omnibus Tax Bill.

In order to bring an unprecedented $6.4 billion budget shortfall into balance, the House crafted a budget that strategically cuts government spending by $1.6 billion; that's $100 million more in cuts than the Governor proposed.

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