Keep Minnesota going in the right direction

To the editor:

Recently the May revenue figures came out for Minnesota and once again the numbers were positive and showed a higher than projected surplus.

Here is further proof that the effort by the legislature to pay back entirely their portion of the school shift and begin paying the larger portion incurred under the Democrats was a responsible action, yet the governor vetoed it.

What was his rationale for vetoing the early payback to the school systems? He claimed that it wouldn’t be fiscally responsible to leave the state reserves at only $223 million.

This is strange since the same governor proposed a supplemental budget last year leaving reserves at only $95 million cash flow and $8.7 in reserve for a total of $103.7 million.

How many more surpluses do we have to bank before the governor stops denying our school districts the money we owe them?

His veto of not one, but two tax reform bills, which would have encouraged capital expansion in industry and small businesses and given property owners in need of property tax relief, was so transparently politically driven it was embarrassing.

The legislature is moving the state in a good direction. Our employment numbers are among the best of all 50 states and our continuing surpluses show that common sense, responsible budget management is giving confidence to businesses.

We’re on the right path. Re-elect Sen. Sen Nienow to keep Minnesota going in the direction of prosperity.

Richard Thompson

Rush City

  • Dale Torgerson

    With all due respect to Rich Thompson, who I know and respect, I have believed for a long time that the GOP’s “interest” in repaying School Districts is a farce. The big picture idea is to starve the schools, then blame them for being hungry, then get vouchers for home schooling or private school-of-choice. The Constitution of the State of Minnesota is a barrier to this effort: kind of a real big one if anyone cares to look. Governor Dayton may or may not have been correct in opposing the school payback legislation, which was laden with a few other things which of course he wouldn’t do and that were intentionally placed there as deal breakers. Yes, Tim Pawlenty resided over the first smaller budget in Minnesota since 1960. Lest anyone forget, Governor Pawlenty virtually invented Kick-the-Can-in-Minnesota in the Governor’s Office as well, plus he spent a couple years “governing” from out of state in the name of Ambition and Party Purity. He “balanced” the State Budget via the Tobacco Fund, the Schools, designated funds from low income health care access. He also purloined a whole lot of budgets for his Governorship that the Legislature certainly didn’t vote on. A “balanced budget” under Tim Pawlenty wasn’t worth much, and it ain’t no surprise that every previous Minnesota Governor who when questioned about Pawlenty’s tenure said it ain’t what we do here. So by my inference: it’s all about Tim and now he’s above the fray on TV claiming he was a success and has vision every Sunday morning along with the other usual suspects. Part of Pawlenty’s vision of reducing government was giving Lt. Governor Carol Molnau double duty as the head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This was part of the line in the sand against Taxes, and Gas Tax increases in particular. It ain’t Molnau’s fault the 35W Bridge collapsed. But Pawlenty let her hang out there flapping while he went on TV saying we need help, which every State is entitled to during calamity. So does Governor Dayton really not care about schools? Or understand other people’s money?

    I would urge ALL state representatives to pledge and do 4 things: 1. Do not raid/delay School money. 2) Do not use Tobacco Settlement money in budgets. 3) Do not raid/delay local government aid. 4)Give up your per diem so we can find out why you all really there.