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Letter about Family Services


Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I’d like to thank Jerry Grehl for his letter outlining the sad news that Fillmore Family Services is shutting down, but clearly his version of the story is not reality.

First of all, I voted to protect funding for crime victim services projects. The problem is, Governor Dayton’s Office of Justice Programs chose to send grant money elsewhere. Grant applications are part of a competitive bid process, and selections are made by Governor Dayton’s staff – not the Legislature or any individual lawmaker.

Further, Grehl mentions his frustration with spending $500 million on a Vikings stadium. Let’s remember, a Vikings stadium was Governor Dayton’s top priority last year – not mine. While I was trying to prioritize rural schools, nursing homes, job creation, and lowering your tax rates, the Governor was off schmoozing with the Wilf’s in hopes of sealing the deal.

And speaking of Governor Dayton’s selection process, I’m sure Mr. Grehl is now fuming that Dayton spent $25 million just last week on another new stadium. This new ballpark goes to the St. Paul Saints – raise your hand if you’ve heard of or care about that team – while rural Minnesota’s needs continue to be ignored.

It’s unfortunate Mr. Grehl didn’t seek out the real facts before penning his letter. Governor Dayton is infatuated with professional sports teams and giving them new stadiums. But as your state representative, I will continue fighting to improve our schools, our economy, and making Minnesota a better place to live and work.

Sincerely,

State Representative

Greg Davids

Preston, MN

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