Thissen Accuses MN GOP of Throwing Local Government Under De-funded Bus

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DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (Richfield) spoke to the media this morning in advance of today’s House floor session. He read the following statement in opposition to GOP proposed budget cuts to Local Government Aid and transportation funds, and took questions afterward.

“Today on the floor you’re going to hear a lot of talk about tough decisions from the other side of the aisle. I’m here to remind you that there is a vast difference between tough talk and actually making difficult decisions. Throwing local governments under the bus you just de-funded is not a tough choice, it’s passing the buck.

We’ve been making the same mistake for 8 years – refusing to make hard decisions at the state-level about our budget, raising property taxes, cutting thousands of jobs that support middle class families and slashing important services. And today, after trying to justify their actions by pointing to a ‘crisis’ that their own budgeting created, the Republicans are going to make the same mistake yet again.

Minnesota is just beginning to see the light at the end of the economic recovery tunnel. Today’s proposals by the Republican majority threaten to pull the plug on that light by continuing the squeeze on middle class families.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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