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Dayton vetoes school repayment plan

Gov. Mark Dayton-D vetoed paying back the state’s school districts with funds that were available when the state coffers had more money in them than anticipated.

Dayton “vetoed Republican lawmakers’ measure to repay schools using reserve funds, issuing the first of what may be many vetoes coming on GOP signature proposals,” according to the StarTribune.

“The DFL governor said that using the state’s reserves funds to refill school coffers, as Republicans desired, was politically appealing but fiscally irresponsible.

“The move won plaudits from Democrats and brickbats from Republicans,” according to the StarTribune report.

Huh? You mean the governor would not give back money the state of Minnesota had withheld from the school districts because it would have made the Republicans appear to be doing it to look good?

“Only in DFL la-la land is paying back money borrowed from school districts ‘irresponsible.’ In fact, it’s the only responsible thing to do,” said Republican Party chair Pat Shortridge.

Even if the Republicans pushed the measure through both houses of the Legislature for political posturing, please tell me the last time the Democrats pushed a measure through in order to look good in the public eye.

That’s politics Mr. Dayton.

Just once, it would be nice if all of the adults in St. Paul’s Capitol facility would put the people of Minnesota before party loyalty, in this case our school children.

I guess that’s just asking too much common sense to be exercised on behalf of all Minnesotans.

—Keith Hansen

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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