To the Editor:
I am writing in response to last week’s letter criticizing Paul Gazelka and Republicans for not working with others. The problem is that the Democrats’ definition of “working with others” is Republicans going along with whatever the Democrats want.
In 2010, the Republicans took the majority in both the state Senate and House for the first time in 38 years. The previous budget was $30 billion. They faced a budget deficit of $6 billion due to the Democrats’ automatic increases, which they paid for by increasing taxes, like the 40 percent increase in gas taxes that Al Doty supported.
Governor Dayton wanted $39 billion, a 30 percent increase.
The Republican legislature sent Gov. Dayton a budget of $34 billion, an increase of just under 14 percent, without raising taxes, shifting money from the schools or touching the tobacco bonds. It was Gov. Dayton’s veto that shut down the government.
To end the shutdown, Republicans agreed to education shifts and a budget of just over $35 billion. If that isn’t “cooperation and compromise” I don’t know what is. The one that wouldn’t work with others was Gov. Dayton.
I urge you to join me in voting Republican this November. — Walter Edin, Burtrum