The Minnesota budget forecast released last week shows the state is facing a $1.1 billion deficit. The new Minnesota Legislature convenes in January to start addressing the state's budgetary issues.
"The fact of the matter is that we've come through 10 years of both difficult budgets, in terms of the roller coaster effect, but 10 years of austerity and we need to take that into account as we move forward," Thissen said.
"We showed that you could do it over the last couple of years," Daudt said. "We dealt with a much larger budget deficit and we feel like what we did over the last couple of years has proven to work well for Minnesota."