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Rep. Slocum Applauds Gov. Dayton For Veto Decision

Rep. Linda Slocum responds to Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of Republicans' budget bill.

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Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed HF 130, or the Republican Phase 1 budget proposal Feb. 10. The proposal included cuts for millions of dollars of local government aid (LGA), higher education, services, child care and more, according to a press release from State (D-Richfield).

The following statement was issued by Slocum after the governor's veto:

“I applaud Gov. Dayton’s veto of HF 130. This bill was recklessly rushed through the legislative process, with little thought toward its consequences, intended or otherwise," she said. "This bill dramatically cuts aid to our local governments, which will in turn drive up our property taxes by almost $400 million, hammering middle-class families and seniors on fixed incomes. This bill hurts vulnerable, young children in our state, cutting millions in Children and Community Service Grants. These grants help provide services to abused children in need of protection, and it’s an absolute travesty that we would take support away from them."

She went on to say, "This bill takes Minnesota in the wrong direction. We have some incredibly difficult challenges in dealing with our budget deficit, but to balance the budget on the backs of middle-class families, working-class families, seniors and the most vulnerable among us is simply unacceptable.”

Now, here's a look at the bills authored and co-authored by Richfield representatives last week:

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis):

  • Co-authored a bill that would extend moratorium on radiation therpy facilities construction. HF0383 was introduced on Feb. 7.

State Sen. Ken Kelash (D-Richfield):

  • Authored a bill that would issue a grant for the Lindau Lane Corridor project to complete safety and street enhancements.
Dennis Gillespie March 14, 2011 at 08:13 PM
I just wonder where Rep Slocum and Gov Dayton thinks this money is going to come from. Why do I have to pay my property Taxes and then help pay half of the property Taxes for St Paul. My understanding that only about 1/2 of the St Paul's revenue come from Property Taxes. One of the problems St Paul has is they have such an anti-business enviroment. I am concerned that St Paul will beocme Minnesota's Detoit.
Caitlin Burgess March 15, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Thanks for you comment Dennis.

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