Nienow: A do-damage senator

To the Editor:

With the Minnesota Senate now adjourned for the year, at least Sen. Sean Nienow can’t do any more damage.

Over the past two years that Republicans have been in control of the legislature, Sen. Nienow and his colleagues dragged Minnesota through the longest government shutdown in state history, borrowed billions from our schools, raised our property taxes to all-time highs, and left us $4.5 billion in debt.

Some have called it a “do-nothing” session, but for Sen. Nienow it was really a “do-damage” session.

So next time you hear Sen. Nienow promise he won’t raise your taxes, ask him why he voted to hike property taxes for homeowners and small businesses by eliminating the homestead credit last year.

And when Sen. Nienow says he’s a fiscal conservative, ask him why he chose to borrow over $2 billion from our schools to break the gridlock of last summer’s government shutdown.

If Sen. Nienow tells you his top priority is growing jobs, ask him how many jobs were created by all the time he spent at the Capitol pushing his extreme social agenda and divisive constitutional amendments, and working against the stadium and bonding bills which will put thousands of Minnesotans back to work.

This is important — the next time you see his name on a ballot, remember that Sean Nienow is not working for us.

Twyla Ring

North Branch

  • Steve Gamble

    Twyla is as always, blinded by partianship. Never mind that the democrat Gov. insisted on spending another 1.8 billion we don’t have and of course we must raise state income taxes even higher to make Twyla happy. Same old song. Tax and spend. Some things never change.

  • Deb Frentress

    Twyla has a few of her facts wrong. For one, in his campaign, then candidate Dayton, when asked if he would shut down government, promised he would not. He needlessly shut down the government and gained nothing.
    Second,the republicans wanted to give 20% of the money the state owed the schools but Gov. Dayton vetoed that bill.
    From the MPR News:
    “Dayton called the measure irresponsible because it would have spent $430 million from the state’s rainy day fund to pay a portion of the $2.4 billion owed to schools.

    In recent years the governor and lawmakers have held back a portion of state funds owed to schools as a way to balance the state’s budget. Schools still receive 100 percent of their state funding, but it comes in partial payments. Roughly 60 percent was paid out at the beginning of the fiscal year, with the remaining funds coming at the end of the year.

    In the bill, Republicans maintained that reserve funds should be used to pay back about 20 percent of the money schools are owed from the state.

    The governor, however, did not believe it made financial sense to spend money from the reserve fund, especially as the state struggles with its budget.”