Letter: 'Accomplishments' include a shutdownApproximately one year ago, Minnesota concluded the longest and costliest state government shutdown in its history. The cost to taxpayers for our elected leaders’ failure to compromise was hefty.
By: Teresa M. Maples, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Approximately one year ago, Minnesota concluded the longest and costliest state government shutdown in its history. The cost to taxpayers for our elected leaders’ failure to compromise was hefty. Core services were interrupted, state parks were shuttered and already-overdue road projects were delayed once more. In fact, we’re still paying the price for last summer’s impasse.
I recently received a flyer highlighting state Sen. John Howe’s legislative record. The piece raised several concerns regarding its accuracy and legality. Since the flyer did not include a campaign disclaimer as required by law, I presume we taxpayers covered that bill too.
I find it ironic that less than one year after forcing the costly state government shutdown, Howe would have the audacity to spin the past two years of legislative waste into a record of accomplishment.
That he passed the cost of this political advertisement onto the taxpayers is only fitting, after all, we sent him to St Paul in the first place. Sadly, that election cost the taxpayers too: Because Howe ran for Senate before completing his first term as mayor, we taxpayers were on the hook for an expensive special election to fill his vacant mayoral seat.
Red Wing taxpayers have subsidized Howe’s political ambitions in the past and now it appears the entire state is on the hook for his re-election campaign. Let’s think twice before we give him another chance to waste more taxpayer money.
Teresa M. Maples