“Moving Money Around” Won’t Truly Balance Budget Says Rep. Goodwin

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Representative Barbara Goodwin (DFL-Fridley) says the state can’t continue to fix it’s budget problems by “moving money around” as Republicans have proposed with taking money from plan to raid $60 million from the Douglas J Johnson Economic Development Trust Fund. The historic cut would deplete half the fund and use the resources to backfill cuts in programs used throughout different regions of the state. Representative Goodwin says she campaigned on stopping the practice of using budget “shifts” that delayed payments to schools and other entities as a way of balancing the budget. She sees this as more of the same.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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