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Training is needed

On several occasions I have suggested our Minnesota state legislators spend six weeks on the job training at the South Dakota state Legislature in Pierre, S.D. Our legislators could learn how to protect our school children and to protect our tax ...

On several occasions I have suggested our Minnesota state legislators spend six weeks on the job training at the South Dakota state Legislature in Pierre, S.D. Our legislators could learn how to protect our school children and to protect our tax dollars with reasonable, pork-free budgets.

Recently South Dakota passed a law allowing every school district to have a process to protect our children. Each school board can determine which teachers and administrators can carry a concealed weapon in the class room.

Can you imagine a potential shooter going into a school not knowing who is carrying a weapon. This would be much more effective than having a police officer in each class - a very expensive and not as effective as unknown weapon carriers.

Take a look at South Dakota and Minnesota budgets. There is zero state income tax in South Dakota. Car, truck and RV vehicles are taxed at half or less in South Dakota. Look at driver license fees. There are many other items to compare.

In Minnesota we have politicians who brag how much pork they brought back to their district. Much of the pork would never be purchased if the voters had to directly pay for the pork. We have lost our spending control by continually electing "pork merchants." We can do much better!

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Robert Olson

Ideal Township

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