Election crucial for Minn. direction

Published 9:59 am Monday, October 29, 2012

This is a crucial election, not only nationally, but also in our state.

Who wins the House and Senate majorities in Minnesota will determine whether Minnesota will move forward or further backward. It is not an exaggeration to say that a vote for Rich Murray is a vote backward, because a vote for Rep. Murray is a vote for the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to continue what they have done for the last two years:

• More tax benefits for the rich.

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• More political brinkmanship leading to more shutdowns.

• Further increases in property taxes especially in Greater Minnesota.

• More cuts to schools.

These are policies that the Republican majority has put into place.

They would rather continue them than to compromise with Gov. Mark Dayton.

If Shannon Savick and other Democrats are elected to replace these obtructionist Republicans,  Gov. Dayton will have the help he needs to move Minnesota forward.

Don’t take my word for it. Recently in an Oct. 16 counterpoint article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson took the Republican leadership to task for claiming that there is a $1.2 billion surplus. He calls this a fiction. He further points out that there is no surplus, and that the Legislature borrowed from public schools.  He estimates that loan is nearly $3,000 per student. He says that the present Republican Party is more about playing politics and getting elected than solving our fiscal problems.

Let’s move our state forward. Let’s vote for Democrats Shannon Savick and Sen. Dan Sparks.


Ted Hinnenkamp

Albert Lea