Mankato Free Press supports Walz’s support of rural MN including broadband

The Mankato Free Press shows their support for Governor Walz’s approach to rural Minnesota…

Just two months into the Walz administration, taxpayers in Greater Minnesota can start to feel that they won’t be left behind. Walz has proposed reinstating their local government aid lost as the hands of the Republican governor from Twin Cities nearly two decades ago.

There is no real argument about greatly expanding broadband in greater Minnesota, when just a few years ago a Republican committee chairman wanted to wait for better technology. A Republican House and Senate finally went kicking and screaming along with Gov. Mark Dayton’s broadband proposals that were usually double the dollars of the GOP plan.

The Republican talk of backing up Greater Minnesota and shutting down the “wasteful light rail” sounded good in Greater Minnesota, but mostly wasn’t true. Gas tax money is constitutionally guaranteed to roads and bridges and can’t go to fund light rail even when the GOP campaigners were making it sound like it did.

Walz has proposed increasing school funding in a way that again looks to local school boards to decide what to do with that money.

Critics say Walz won’t be able to deliver on all his promises due to budget restraints, but he argues these proposals were born of a statewide listening tour. It’s what the people favor.

It’s a simple, yet reasonable argument. If Minnesotans want Walz to spend less, there hasn’t been much of outcry from people to consolidate schools, or charge more for broadband. Most people don’t favor going another year without fixing potholes.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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