Part I: List of Tens of Millions in Pork in 2017 Bonding Bill
3/11/17: Completely out of touch response from Senator Ingebrigtsen "Down with the Orange line. I get it."
Here's my testimony for March 7th hearing. This is the fourth testimony I've made asking to cut only the wasteful spending. The author of the bill Senator Senjem kindly explained his perspective and refusal to cut one cent of spending; which, to me, flies in the face of common sense and why we elected them to legislate responsibly:
If you could answer about why taking Pork out or even one $12 million dollar Orange line, would make it "fall apart" when there's a GOP majority in the House and Senate I'd appreciate it.
Thanks again so much for your time and your service to see the passage of a responsible bonding bill. I'd hate for a repeat of the 2011 session when the GOP controlled the House and Senate and DID NOTHING about Met Council and funded many transit projects including money for the Gold Line and the Red Rock Corridor. Ironically that was the last year (GOP control) that these two corridors got direct funding from the MNLeg. The following year the DFL took over the house AND senate because the GOP let the public down on wasteful spending:(
we find it shocking that when the GOP is in power they fail to act on their political promises and lose the following election because of it. However, it sounds like this is not so easily done. I await your explanation before jumping to conclusions.
"Our constitution demands extra votes than a simple majority to borrow money. I think we should do this for omnibus spending bills as well." (referring to SF210)
We elected you to exercise the same winning strategy back on them... Slash the hell out of this bill... if Dayton Complains than listen to what few things he wants to get him to sign it and put a couple projects back and say that's the best you can do. But please for the love of the 2018 election do not put the Orange Line back in!