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Anger and disbelief

Tell the politicians no

Anger. Disbelief. How $2.8 million Minnesota tax dollars could be spent!

This $2.8 million dollars comes from increased sales tax voted in in 2008 (outdoor portion) of the Legacy Amendment proceeds.

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (appointed) approved this recommendation to the Legislature which legislators usually follow, which is $2.8 million to help the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa buy up to 956 acres of land near the St. Louis River in northeastern Minnesota.

The rules of use will be governed by American Indian Treaty Rights Territory. A council member objected to the idea of giving the band control over any regulations. (Full article, Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 16, 2013.)

That $2.8 million in Minnesota tax dollars could be used to purchase land that would come off tax rolls. Wow! Forever. Wow!

I think this is the same Fond du Lac Band that signed an agreement with city of Duluth (taxpayers) to pay a percentage of income from a casino to pay for goods and services. The band quit paying the agreed percentage amount a few years ago and were taken to court.

Why would any Minnesota taxpayer want their tax money given then have to make up the shortfall? This equals taxpayers must pay more taxes.

Grassroots government call or write elected people in St. Paul. Tell them no, you think this is a terrible idea. The elected officials’ numbers are in the local phone book.

Shirley Stukey


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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