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Slocum: It's Time to Repay Our Schools

The following letter was submitted to Patch by Rep. Linda Slocum (D-50A).

To the editor:

As a teacher, I understand how important education is to the next generation. Great schools and quality education are the tickets to economic opportunity for our kids. As a legislator, I am committed to ensuring our schools have the resources they need to provide a world class education to our children and grandchildren.

Due to budget shifts from the past two years, Minnesota owes our schools $2.4 billion in delayed aid. I am honored to serve this term as Vice-Chair of the Education Finance Committee. As Vice-Chair, I am working to repay our schools so that they have the resources they need to educate kids all across Minnesota.

Good schools can have such a positive impact on not only our kids, but on families and whole communities. We simply cannot afford not to repay our schools. I am focused on helping middle class families and ensuring that our youth get the education they need to be successful. 

Repaying the school shift is just a start. Expanding access to early childhood education programs, all-day kindergarten, and new alternative learning programs are ways we can improve the quality of education our kids receive. 

Though it is important, education is only one part of the equation. Throughout the session, I will be supporting legislation designed to help middle class families: property tax relief, health care reforms, and economic development. 

I am eager to hear your ideas about important issues before the legislature. You can reach me at (651) 296-7158 or at rep.linda.slocum@house.mn. You also can send mail to my office, 415 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155. To get regular updates from the capitol sign-up for my email newsletter: www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/join.asp?id=15283.

Sincerely,

Linda Slocum

State Representative

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Dennis Gillespie January 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Linda the Democrates are in charge, and you asked for the job, you have it now solve the problems. I am certain your answer is going to be raise the taxes. My answer to the problem is move to South Dakota where there is no real reason to build light rail and a few of the other things that the Minnesotan's seem to need to waste money on. South Dakota is where a lot of the Minnesota over taxed can escape to.for no State Taxes. The problem is trying to escape from Obama.

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