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Today Governor Pawlenty line-item vetoed $319 million from a $986 million capital investment bill. Those vetoes included $144 million in statewide higher education investments, $ 2 million in funding for early childhood learning facilities and $2 million in library funding.
State Representatives Mindy Greiling, Mary Murphy and Nora Slawik, chairs of the House K-12 Education Finance, Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance and the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division respectively released the following statement.
“We object to these vetoes. They are not pork and they are not local projects. They will affect Minnesotans in every corner of the state – little kids, college students and library patrons who often are senior citizens or individuals of economic disadvantage.
Education is the key to productivity. A well-educated workforce is essential to attracting the high-paying, quality jobs that will lead to economic recovery and sustained prosperity for Minnesota. They impact college students, our youngest learners, and those who depend on our libraries to apply for new jobs or submit an application for college admission or financial aid – in essence shortchanging future generations of Minnesotans, and blunting our efforts to turn our economy around for the long-term.
Today’s vetoes strike at the heart of our economic future, and are short-sighted at best and irresponsible at worst."
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