LETTER: Kruse offers financial prowess for state senate

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.

Brian Tommerdahl


  • Robin Mavis

    While I am no fan of either candidate, your statement contradicts itself. If Kruse did all that work and there is now supposedly money coming in from the land grant setup that is going directly into AH coffers, then why is AH still in a deficit?
    Kruse hasn’t done anything for my district that makes any kind of dent in our deficit because it is a whole lot more complicated.
    Our school district is the largest in Minnesota. It also has a 30% poverty rate. Coon Rapids, Anoka, Andover, Ramsey and other areas have not developed good economic strategies which are placing stressors on the school district. Because it’s considered a suburban school district they don’t get the added benefits from State and Federal funds for ‘inner city schools’, yet we have the same economic stressors and diversity challenges as some inner city school districts.
    I am an undecided voter only in the fact that I haven’t decided to vote at all for this contest. One thing I do know is I WON’T be voting for Kruse.