2014 Republican Bait and 2015 Switch Part 1

Republicans promise 2014 voters the sun and the moon, deliver missed opportunities

We all know the story of the 2014 election – Republicans told voters that DFLers didn’t care about them and were leaving them behind. 

Now that the dust has settled from the 2015 session and special session, the view is clear that Republicans didn’t deliver. And with the largest budget in state history and a $1.9 billion surplus that could have been invested to build a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, all the Republicans have to show for the session is missed opportunities.

Here’s just one of their votes that show their true beliefs:

Failing Minnesota Students

  • Voted for a paltry $157 million in funding for education, less than a 1% increase in total funding and only 0.6 percent on the formula. School districts said this would lead to teacher layoffs and program cuts. (HF844 HJP 3339 4/25/15) Unanimous GOP vote, except Baker and McDonald absent; Uglem voted no.
  • Rejected a DFL plan to invest $800 million in education, including funding universal pre-kindergarten for 47,000 Minnesota four-year olds, a plan which would save the average Minnesota family $11,000 per year. (motion to table Minority Report to HF844 HJP 2857 4/23/15) Unanimous GOP vote, except Bennett, Garofalo, and Daudt absent. Erickson, Bennett, Christensen, Kresha, Lucero, Nornes, Peterson, Pierson, Urdahl, Whelan, Wills voted against universal pre-K in committee.  See HF46, Education innovation, 2/24/15.
  • Republicans took our state to another unnecessary special session over their refusal to adequately fund our schools.
  • Republicans failed to continue the DFL tuition freeze. Tuition at MnSCU 4-yr universities will increase 3.4 percent in 2016 and tuition at the University of Minnesota will likely increase from 1.5 percent to as much as 7 percent for non-resident tuition. (SF5 CCR HJP 4875 5/17/15) Unanimous GOP vote, except Loonan and Daudt absent.