State officials announced today that Minnesota’s budget surplus has increased to nearly $1.9 million, up almost $900 million from the previous budget report released a few months ago. You can read more about the surplus and lawmakers’ response in this article from Forum Communications.

In response to the surplus announcement, CGMC President and Ely City Councilor Heidi Omerza released the following statement to the media this afternoon (click here for a PDF version):

“Today’s announcement that the state’s economic recovery has produced a nearly $2 billion surplus is good news for Minnesota. It is important that our lawmakers take this opportunity to position our entire state for continued growth and long-term stability by making strategic investments in local government aid, broadband expansion, workforce housing, job training and other critical needs for Greater Minnesota.

Communities, families and businesses in all parts of the state will be able to reap the benefits of an even stronger economy if lawmakers seize this opportunity to make smart investments in key areas.”