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opinion Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

To the editor:

I find it rather ironic that Jay McNamar of District 12 A recently applauded the status of Minnesota’s economy. It seems that he insinuated that the Democratic control of our state government should be given credit for that. I would like to point out that it was the Republicans, while the majority party in the state house, stood up to Democratic Governor Dayton, balanced the state budget without raising taxes and cut the cost of government by 8 percent, saving the taxpayers money. Republicans reformed state government and cut excess spending to turn a projected $5 billion deficit into a $2.8 billion surplus, allowing the private sector economy to grow and unemployment to fall lower than the national average.

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Unfortunately, now that the Democrats have been in full control of our state government, all of this good news of our economy is halted. Minnesotans will pay $2. 1 billion in new state taxes and business services including warehousing, repairs of commercial, electronic and telecommunications equipment have received a new sales tax that will affect the cost of goods, services and unemployment. Democrats have also increased state spending by 10 percent, which more than negates the good the Republicans had accomplished.

Democrats in the state Legislature, with the approval of Democratic Governor Dayton, also forced childcare providers into unions. Forcing small businesses to join a union only directs more taxpayer funding to pay for massive salaries for union bosses and further hurts the economy.

Democrat Representative Jay McNamar also turned traitor to his constituents when he promised to uphold traditional marriage but then voted against their wishes.

Evelyn Guggisberg

Glenwood, MN

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