State lawmakers putting finishing touches on their budget bills this week highlights sharp differences between Republicans and Democrats.  On crime, Senate Republican point-man Warren Limmer says “get tough” with longer sentences and more cops on the street:

“Minnesota is experiencing a drastic increase in violent crime… and criminals are not being held accountable.”

House Democrat Cedrick Frazier responds:

“If the magic elixir was incarcerating people, America would be the safest country on this planet.”

Frazier says Democrats propose a balanced approach that includes intervention, prevention, accountability — and funding the police.