ST. CLOUD -- Top legislative Republicans stopped in St. Cloud today (Monday).  They were on a statewide tour pushing their plan to eliminate the $5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says Republicans are reigning-in out of control spending.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says Minnesota has to learn to live within it's means.  Republicans also stressed their budget doesn't cut funding, but instead reduces spending increases from 22% down to six-percent.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders are responding to the Republican fly around.  They say the GOP budget is $1.2 billion short, because they say it includes spending shifts, gimmicks, and one-time money.

Listen to some of the comments made today by GOP leaders: