Republicans have expressed concerns about the
Republican Reps. Daudt and Hamilton even sent a letter questioning my
support for Greater Minnesota. I believe Minnesotans care much more
about results and they will judge the success or failure of the new DFL
majority based on results for agriculture and rural Minnesota, not on
These attacks are more confusing when you
consider that the Republican majority had the same committee structure
from 2005-06, when they had an Agriculture, Environment, and NaturalResources Finance Committee. That committee was also chaired by a metrolegislator. Rep. Hamilton raised no objections at that time.
Thatwould make one think this is merely political posturing and an attemptto divide this state. I hope not. Helping farmers is among our toppriorities, and agriculture has been an area of bipartisan success.Part of being an effective legislator involves building relationships.I’ve worked to build relationships across both party lines andgeographical lines. If we’re going to be successful, we need to worktogether. We’ll have disagreements, but partisan attacks won’t move ourstate forward.
Despite the GOP’s complaints, rural Minnesota willhave a stronger voice in this majority. Eighty-three percent of thestate’s budget is now under the leadership of chairpersons from greaterMinnesota. Greater Minnesota will be heard loud and clear this session.
Insteadof arguing about committees or attempting to divide this state, let’sget to work on improving all of Minnesota. We need to get to work onboosting agriculture in this state. We need to get to work on improvingour schools and lowering property taxes in this state. It’s time forsolutions, not political posturing.
Rep. John Ward