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Open Forum: Balance the budget fairly


As a public school employee, I am very concerned about the education proposals put forth by the GOP Legislature. They plan to balance the budget by taking funds from our kids with special needs, kids of color and kids who live in poverty. This will cause our community to continue to raise property taxes to fund a basic level of education. It is time for the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share to protect our state from losing the high quality of life that makes this such a great place to live and raise children. 


I am also very disappointed to see the Republicans pass Wisconsin type attacks on unions and our basic civil right to collectively bargain. Public employees provide a valuable service and we work hard to give students the best education in the nation. It is shameful that Republicans are using this budget crisis to blame public employees and take away our voice in the workplace. 

The Legislature should do its job and balance the budget fairly, and stop  attacks on the people who serve our students, community and state.

Marie Rosa

Pequot Lakes

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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