To the Editor:
The results of one-party rule at the State Capitol were on display again recently as Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature approved a plan to build a $89.5 million office building for the Senate.
I, along with every other Republican in the House and Senate, opposed the move.
The Democrats increased taxes and fees on all hard-working Minnesotans by more than $2 billion last year, and increased state spending by more than $3 billion. Now they've rewarded themselves with a $90 million palace, to be paid for by taxpayers.
Some - not all - Minnesota state senators are going to be temporarily displaced while needed renovations are being made at the Capitol. Rather than finding cheaper, temporary office space for the five months or less lawmakers are in session, Democrats voted to build a brand new complex for the Senate.
House Democrats actually held up approval of the construction plan until Senate Democrats agreed to support a state minimum wage increase to $9.50.
Think of the good that could have been accomplished with nearly $90 million. They could have improved roads, assisted our schools, offered support to nursing homes or decreased some of the burdens on taxpayers.
Instead, the best idea Democrats could come up with was to spend all of that money on a new building for state lawmakers.
This proposal is the textbook definition of government waste, and I continue to be disappointed in the priorities being pushed by Governor Mark Dayton and this legislative majority.
State Rep. Bob Gunther,