Be ready for the political spin

To the editor

Wouldn’t it be great to get objective reviews of the past legislative session in our local legislator’s legislative wrap-ups rather than what appear to be election season ‘political spin’ flyers?  They all pointed out how tax increases will impact Minnesotans. Yet they conveniently fail to mention the basic programs where this additional revenue will be used, or even worse, how it will repay the funding that was borrowed from our schools so they could claim to have balanced the state’s budget in the past.

Our area schools will now receive funding increases that were needed years ago!  All day, everyday kindergarten will be available across the state. Higher fuel prices are hurting all of us, so we can appreciate how this will help pay for the added cost of transporting our students hundreds of thousands of miles a year.

Senator Nienow has talked about his support of school funding equalization to help school districts in our area, yet he voted against the education bill. He tells the North Branch City Council it’s only a tiny move toward equity in school funding.  It’s this writer’s hope that he would have to explain his political double-speak, yes vote but then no vote, directly to the North Branch Schools where class offerings, valuable teachers, and even one day a week of class had to be cut because of funding shortfalls!

Representative Barrett voted for the education bill but then against the tax bill needed to fund it. Representatives Johnson and Dettmer, who was a career educator, voted against both bills.

Please express your support for education funding when you see one of our elected politicians at the County Fair or at a one of the many upcoming parades, but get ready for the ‘political spin’ that will blow your hat off if you’re not ready for it.

Joe Sausen

North Branch 

  • Flambeau

    Much of this “additional funding” of which you are so enamored is the equivalent of the school district passing a large operating levy without local taxpayers getting any say in the matter.

    Local property taxes will be rising significantly thanks to this legislation even though the citizens of the North Branch District have consistently rejected just such a proposition for over a decade.

    If we wanted property tax increases in order to pay for free all day every day kindergarten or a five day school week we have had many opportunities to vote for them in one of the seven, yes seven operating levy referendum we have rejected since 2001.

    Now we are going to get them crammed down our throats against the expressed will of local voters thanks to Governor Dayton, the DFL Legislature and soon the NBAPS adminstration and school board.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong…

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Rep. Barrett (Republican) vote for the omnibus bill that provided more education for funding? How come he didn’t get a thank you?

  • Correct me if I’m wrong…

    Obviously I meant “funding for education.” Sorry for any confusion.

    • Flambeau

      If Representative Barrett believes that way to resolve state funding inequities amongst school districts is to empower school districts to unilaterally raise property taxes without voter approval then I wholeheartedly agree with you that he deserves as much thanks for this as Governor Dayton and the rest of the legislators who passed this.