A flyer by Minnesota’s Future states that Stout “helped turn a $6 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus.”
It’s a common talking point among Republican candidates this year. It refers to a $1.3 billion surplus that’s been used to pad the state’s cash-flow and budget reserve accounts, and, in part, was created as a result of lower Medicaid enrollment and extra federal dollars. Minnesota still faces a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next biennium.
While some incumbent Republicans contend they were involved in creating that surplus, it’s an impossible argument when it comes to Stout.
via Capitol View.