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City passes on ASAP resolution

The Red Wing City Council decided not to vote on a proposed resolution supporting the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project, which asks the federal government to move funding from “violence and war” spending to domestic programs.

MN ASAP members say federal budget priorities should be shifted to programs that help with housing, mental health, food and other services rather than wars and military spending.

A similar resolution came before the council last summer, when it also did not to take action.

“We got quite a few requests to put this back on the agenda,” Council President Lisa Bayley said Monday.

MN ASAP representative Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer has been working to get cities to adopt similar resolutions and a handful, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, have done so.

He said area residents have spent millions in tax dollars on the Department of Defense.

Nelson-Pallmeyer emphasized the resolution is non-partisan and does not apply to the veterans budget.

“I think your cause is just,” Council member Dean Hove said. “I just don’t think it belongs at the city level.”

Council members did say they would plan to discuss their policy and position on addressing resolutions such as this one during their annual workshop in January.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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