MARSHALL (KMHL) – The 2020 legislative session is supposed to be focused on bonding and policy issues, but don’t be surprised if lawmakers are talking about tax relief.

The November economic forecast shows that the state is projecting a 1.3 billion budget surplus this year. Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) said it’s time to give some tax relief to the people who have paid for that surplus.

“There’s a lot of spending that was done during the last legislative session and it’s our hope that we can make some good strides in the tax area,” said Swedzinski. “To let relief happen across the state.”

Swedzinski said he thinks there will be a pretty decent battle on where the finances are sitting.

“We’ve got a lot of 179 issues when it comes to business, we’ve got sales tax issues with local governments, we’ve got a lot of financial issues we could be looking at,” said Swedzinski. “Obviously we’ll make some investments, but also return a lot of those dollars back to the families and businesses that created them.”

Swedzinski and Sen. Gary Dahms are traveling the district today holding town hall meetings with constituents.