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DFL is ‘party of no’

April 19, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

I wonder if DFL members are putting their partisan goals ahead of Minnesota's interests after killing a bill to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

We pass jobs bills and Democrats refuse to support them. We eliminate the statewide business property tax and they won't support it. We try to pay back our school debts and the DFL complains loudly. Now we've finally taken up Gov. Dayton's top priority - building a new Vikings stadium - and they've killed that bill as well.

I reference a vote taken by the Minnesota House Government Operations and Elections Committee on Monday that simply would have moved the Vikings stadium bill to another committee without giving support or opposition.

Historically, stadium legislation has required significant bipartisan cooperation. For instance, in 2006, when the Minnesota House approved legislation to build a new Twins ballpark, Republicans and Democrats put up half of their members as "yes" votes in all but one committee, and the bill made it to the House floor. Once on the floor, the bill was approved after the GOP majority put up 38 "yes" votes and Democrats offered 33.

On Monday, the GOP put up half of its members as "yes" votes. But the DFL didn't live up to its end of the deal, putting up only one of its six members as a "yes" vote. Ironically, two of those six "no" votes actually supported the Twins ballpark bill on the House floor in 2006.

Other than raising taxes, we have no idea what the DFL supports. It appears their goal is to be the "party of no" this year, then claim we had a do-nothing legislative session.

One thing is clear. If only one Democrat-Farm-Labor representative will support a labor provision that would create hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs in this state, then either Gov. Dayton does not possess the ability to influence members of his own party, or the DFL has no interest in solving Minnesota's problems this session.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,




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