State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, and state Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, know what it means to be "in the arena." They have actually had to deal with state budget woes amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. They could not skirt their responsibilities to help balance the state budget just because they faced the possibility of irritating some constituents. They had a job to do.
It's much easier to stand on the sidelines and say lawmakers failed, alleging things like rising local property taxes, given declining state aid. But what's the alternative? Higher state taxes? That is a disastrous idea championed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Why in the world would the state raise taxes amid tough economic times, when the state is interested in attracting business, and when worldwide competition means businesses and individuals need more freedom, not less. There have been some property tax increases on local levels, but citizens do have choices there, except when the state interferes. Gunther and Rosen are certainly willing to work to reduce state burdens on local governments.
Gunther and Rosen have something else that is very valuable in St. Paul: Tenure. They are both long-serving lawmakers who enjoy rank. In addition, their experience, insight, knowledge and work ethics serve their constituents well.
We see this duo as a valuable team that represents well the interests of the Fairmont area. They are willing to weigh new ideas, but they do not compromise on their essential commitments to making Minnesota a fiscally responsible state that is more welcoming to job-creators. They are not always perfect. They are very good at what they do.
We encourage voters to support Rosen and Gunther for fresh terms in the Legislature.