MN GOP lawmakers take off on budget fly-around

11:19 AM, Apr 25, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- State GOP leaders left the Capitol in their rear-view mirror Monday, climbing aboard a plane at Holman Airport in St. Paul for a statewide fly-around.

The mission is to explain their side of the state budget battle, which is still being haggled over both on the floor of the state house and senate, and in the back rooms of the capitol as lawmakers try to get Minnesota out of a multi-billion dollar hole.

The aircraft that is scheduled to make stops in Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Bemidji, Alexandria and Duluth.

"It's pretty clear, not very hard to understand," said House Majority Leader Kurt Zellers, explaining to reporters where Republicans stand.  "One is to live within our means, something we share with President Obama, we should only spend what we take in."

Zellers also talked about using technology and new initiatives to help the state save money and emerge from the current budget crunch.

It should come as no surprise that Democrats have a different take on the fly-around. State DFL Party Chair Ken Martin made his way to the airport to tell his GOP counterparts that they should be staying home.

"What we're asking them to do is to get back to the Capitol and get to work. Not only do they need to figure out how they negotiate and reconcile their budget with the governor's, they still need to work on their own budget and put together a complete picture of what is accurate, realistic, and  not pure fantasy."    

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