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Your Letters: Fiscal responsibility key to economic recovery

Our latest state budget forecast predicts a $6.2 billion shortfall in the 2012-13 biennium. The glass-half-empty perspective says we face serious challenges. I say we have a wonderful opportunity in front of us.

The crux of our budget problem is revenue growth is pegged for 5 percent, while a 28-percent growth in spending is on the books; it does not take a math whiz to see that path just isn't going to work. And we've already played our "easy" cards like federal stimulus bailouts, postponements in K-12 funding and one-time reductions to keep us afloat during recent shortfalls.

What makes me excited to get the 2011 session going in January is that fiscal responsibility and a strong private-sector workforce are the keys to our economic recovery. Those are also the very reasons Minnesotans elected Republicans to majorities in the House and Senate. This is our opportunity to put our positions into action and put our state back on track.

Of course our work will be difficult, there's no denying that fact. But I am optimistic that we can bring kitchen-table economics to the state to help us live within our means, put people back to work and get our state's books back in order.

Please continue providing me with your input as we get ready for the upcoming session. Your ideas help me continue doing my best to represent the folks of this area.

Rep. Mark Murdock

Rep. Murdock encourages constituents to contact his new office with input regarding any state legislative issue. He can be reached on the web at and via e-mail at To contact Murdock by phone, call (651) 296-4293. Mail can be sent to Rep. Mark Murdock, 213 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.