To the Editor:
According to a 2010 Star Tribune article, the Anoka-Hennepin school district will put a spending liability on the taxpayers of $85 million dollars for budget years 2013 and 2014. Amazing, knowing Minnesota is spending more on education than any previous year in our state’s history, how could A-H find themselves in such a deficit hole?
Two choices existed to cover the deficit – taxes or new fund sources.
Mr. Hoffman [DFL], school board member and candidate for State Senate proposed tax increases via another levy on property owners.
Senator Ben Kruse [R] chose to work bi-partisan with Democrats and Republicans to find funding sources specifically dedicated for Anoka Hennepin schools for this year and future years. Senator Kruse worked countless hours with Rep. Dittrich [DFL], Sen. Bakk [DFL], Rep. O’Driscoll [R] to instill a lifetime of Trust Land Grant monies. It was new revenue for A-H schools, budget neutral and kept our state’s budget balanced. In fact, the Minnesota School Board Associations [a non-partisan group] honor Senator Kruse as “Legislator of the Year.”
Who do you want representing you? A quick easy fix — more taxes State Senator or a hardworking individual using his experience, cooperation and reputation of bringing people together, making long-term funding available for education without increasing your taxes?
Vote Senator Ben Kruse on Nov. 6.