By Daniel Wilson
On March 16 Senator Miller voted against a bonding bill that would have brought 4.86 million dollars to build the Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Collaboration at Winona State University. This project would have brought jobs to the area and positioned WSU to attract more students while reducing overhead costs. He also voted against $2 million that would have been used to expand the Root River State trail. The trail is a vital economic engine for Houston and Fillmore Counties. The expansion would have attracted even more tourism dollars to this area, providing long term sustainable economic development for the region. These were projects that Sen. Miller negotiated for and then voted against. Since this borrowing bonding bill was killed by the GOP, the Senate is now considering an all cash bonding bill that would cut projects from Senator’s districts who voted against the borrowing bill. Republican Senators are using our rural communities as bargaining chips in order to pressure the Senate to give tax cuts for the wealthiest Minnesotans and large corporations.
Despite the fact that the Governor’s budget already includes the largest tax cut in Minnesota history for working families. Borrowing for long term bonding projects would have allowed more cash to be spent on urgent rural issues such as nursing home staffing and soil health programs. These two bonding projects would have provided historic investment into our communities when we needed them the most. Providing jobs, economic development, and investing in our futures. Sen. Miller voted against these bonding projects despite House Republicans voting for them and knowing that doing so would put the bonding projects in jeopardy. Typically, bonding bills have been immune from partisan politics because of their vital structural importance to our communities.
Over the past several years we have seen the Minnesota Senate, under Sen. Miller’s leadership, use bonding projects as political bargaining chips. The fact is, when you care about your community, you do not use them as bargaining chips. These projects are too important to gamble with. Our community deserves these projects, and we deserve a Senator that is ready to work for us.
To the extent that most commenters in this thread are representative of Miller’s Senate District, his constituents want to ensure that would be mass murderers in his district will have the best body armor and the most sophisticated military-grade weapons of war in the world.
Those who believe as most of these commenters do are entirely prepared to have their life ended upon the whim of any person who may want to set a record for body count and secure their proverbial “15 minutes of fame”, even if posthumously.
They are also fully prepared to bid their spouses farewell each morning when they leave for work and to their children as they depart for the school day. They fully accept the possibility of being called into the morgue and if they are allowed to see the remains of their loved one, for that loved one’s face to be missing.
They will be fully comforted in the knowledge that Senator Miller will offer the standard “thoughts and prayers” and the reassurance that Senator Miller will do his best to ensure that these tragedies will continue into the future. Those bidding a final farewell to their loved ones will be secure in the knowledge that Senator Miller will continue to prioritize guns over the lives of his constituents.
If guns>human lives is not the prevailing sentiment in Senator Miller’s district, then who is he he representing — those wealthy out of state or even foreign interests who wish to maximize gun industry profits, while seeking future advantage as our citizens remove each other from the ranks of the living?
Miller, as are almost every one of his closest political comrades, are as addicted to gun money as the most hopeless crack addict is to their next fix. Can his voters reasonably expect him to kick this apparent addiction?
If you go to this webpage, and proceed to page 2, you’ll find that on November 1, 2022, the National Rifle Association gave Miller a rating of 92%. Here’s that link: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/122993/jeremy-miller?categoryId=&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E&p=1
Mass shootings across the nation this year to date: January — 55; February — 44; March — 35; April — 53 and May (through the 7th) — 22. Here’s the list, for your reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2023
This video is one of but hundreds online that document the horrors unleashed upon the populace by Miller and his like-minded cohorts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmLRXYCq4V0
In almost every case, you can be certain that Miller will represent the wishes of those bankrolling his campaigns first and the interests of his constituents second, if at all.
Guns is but one of the many areas in which Miller represents the interests of his benefactors first and foremost, oftentimes at the expense of his constituents.
The Cody kid says
Guns are not the problem. It’s our society wanting to make crazy normal is the issue. Many of those mass shootings happened in gun free zones. Pass your laws and watch the criminals hand in their guns,not!!!! Grow some sense.
What is “woke” about funding nursing home staffing and soil management? Woke is getting a bad rap. Perhaps we all need to wake up a bit more.
Ask bud lite about going woke. Woke is an abomination.
Thank you Senator Miller standing up to those liberals! Dan we don’t buy those lies anymore.
The University should construct their own buildings, especially for a woke program like this.
Vote all Republicans out of office, especially this one!
Good. Enough with the endless government spending