This morning, I had the chance to speak at the Children’s Issues Briefing (sponsored by The Sheltering Arms Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits). My comments focused on setting the context for this legislative session. In order to keep our state great, policymakers need to start solving our short-term deficits in a long-term way. Basically, I argue that: 1) it is in our short-term and long-term interests to at least maintain our current level of investments, 2) we should use our budget reserves only to buy time to implement long-term solutions, and 3) we should restore inflation in the forecast to provide us with a more accurate assesment of our state’s future fiscal health. If you want to know more, you can read the full text of my remarks.