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August 20, 2019


6/6/2019 8:41:00 AM
World, Legislature need more adults 'adulting'

Please correct me if I'm wrong, Rep. Rod Hamilton, but last year's new dollars put into transportation was a one-time input, wasn't it?
Both the House and the Senate were controlled by Republicans last year and you folks seem to be unable to convince yourselves that we are going to need a good deal of transportation repair and maintenance much longer than a year. And the costs of everything are not going down at any point in time - at least not that anyone can see. The last two hard winters and wet springs have torn up thousands of miles of roads (paved, tarred and gravel) in the entire state. So, do we get to have this same baloney next Legislative session?
You are not pleased with the way the session ended? Why?
There was no name-calling, such as what Kurt Daudt engaged in last year. Well, he tried it a few times, but Gov. Tim Walz is a teacher and a soldier. He understands dealing with childish temper tantrums and adults who might be upset about something. He refused to play unintelligent word games.
And, there was no long special session or shutdown.
What's not to like about that? Are you folks sore that you didn't get your way? Neither did anyone else, so I think that's what compromise and considering both sides is, isn't it?
This is my personal opinion, and we all know what is said about opinions - every time you Republicans start the same old whine about "No New Taxes" and "Borrow and Spend Democrats," my mind says, "Borrow and Squander Republicans."
That's because I remember very well, when under Gov. Pawlenty, we borrowed funds from the schools, cities and towns. I also recall after eight years of him, the state was so far in debt, it took Gov. Dayton and the few rational Republicans and DFL folks five years to pay up all the bills (and also put school funds back where they belonged).
Gov. Walz and Speaker Hortman have been praising the hard work everyone put in during this, his first year, on both sides. That's the way it should be, adults "adulting," as the young folks say.
The whole world needs more of it.
    - Rosemary Schaffer
      Windom








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