The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate, Paul Gazelka, is offering budget strategies to Governor Tim Walz in light of what Gazelka calls a COVID-19 statewide shutdown that lasted far too long.

“As a result of that, we’re going to have a big budget shortfall. And I’ve been telling the governor they should be cutting each agency 5 percent right now. he can do that. But they have not heeded that advice.”

Gazelka says taking action now will be beneficial to the state budget down the line when we know more specifics on the complete fall-out from the crisis.