Senator Nienow, Representative Barret, Representative Daudt, Representative Crawford, you’ve done your posturing, now let’s have you get to work. There is no reason for the state to shut down. All it takes is some compromising. Who do you represent? Just the wealthy, or the majority of the people. Most of us are from the lower and middle class. We have taken the brunt of the budget cuts over the last eight years. I agree that there is fat to trim, but now we are cutting from the most in need, those with mental and physical disabilities, our children, veterans and senior citizens. What does it say about our society and morals if we abandon these people? Why are you not representing the people that make up the communities that you live in?
We have seen our property taxes skyrocket and the value of our homes plummet. We have seen our roads crumble and the support for our children’s education dwindle as well. We have more than done our share. It’s now time for the wealthy, who’s home values have increased, who can put their kids in privately funded schools, and who aren’t effected by cuts to early childhood education, medical assistance and job programs, to begin paying their fair share.
We are simply asking just the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans to pay slightly higher taxes than they pay now. The governor has met you half way, now it is your turn to go half way. That is how government is supposed to work, compromise.
A state shutdown does not only effect state workers jobs, but also county workers, and workers who are doing state funded jobs. People will not be able to get their drivers license or apply for unemployment. Mothers, infants and children will not get valuable help in providing healthy meals. Thousands of people be effected by a state park shutdown. Not only campers and tourists, but the cities and businesses that rely on them for valuable income.
Get off your high horse and get your act together. Do what is right for 98 percent of Minnesotans. Make a fair compromise, half-way. Do your job.