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DFL lawmakers sending wrong message

If you were renovating your home and had to move out of the main living area because of the construction, what would you do?

Maybe you would find an apartment to suit your family’s short-term needs. Another option might be to move the family into another area of the house that isn’t undergoing construction.

In either scenario, there would be inconveniences. Perhaps the kids would have to share a bedroom and some furniture would be put in storage, but most Minnesota families would see the long-term benefits of their temporary sacrifice and make it work.

Minnesota families wouldn’t build a brand new McMansion across the street — a permanent, extravagant structure with costs far exceeding common sense practicality.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Gov. Dayton and Democrats are planning to do as the Capitol undergoes necessary renovations in the coming years.

The controversial $90 million Senate Office Building sends the wrong message to taxpayers. Is it fair that lawmakers spend extravagantly on new offices for themselves, a fitness facility, heated garage and 60 percent more office space for the governor?

I don’t think so. At a cost of well over $1 million per office, the new building is wasteful, extreme and not reflective of Minnesotan values.

Republicans weren’t part of the problem, but we want to be part of the solution. That’s why we’ve introduced a bill that would repeal the unnecessary, wasteful spending on the new State Office Building. The Democrats in the Legislature have had many chances to fix this mistake, but up to this point they have refused.

Will Democrats own up to their error or will they continue to insist on this unnecessary and extravagant spending? Watch what happens to this bill for the answer.

State Sen. Carrie Ruud

R-Breezy Point

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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