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home : opinion : letters to the editor July 24, 2017

5/1/2013 10:03:00 AM
Reader surprised at Rep. Hamilton's outrage

Reader surprised at Rep. Hamilton's outrage
I'm surprised by Rep. Rod Hamilton's outrage.
When he took office in 2005 his party was proud to work with Gov. Tim Pawlenty to cut funding.
They loved to use the veto pen. They took money from the Minnesota tobacco fund, K-12 education fund, and the health care access fund which amounted to billions of dollars. Who was the chair of the Health & Human Resources Finance Committee when the cuts were being made? Hamilton sat in that chair while this was being done. Was there outrage then?
At the time this was happening Hamilton found funds to bring home for bike trails and campgrounds. That is the same as money for the St. Paul River Centre and other projects for their districts.
Now the House of Representatives, led by the DFL, has passed a Health & Human Service funding bill that protects our state's most vulnerable citizens.
Thanks to a hospital surcharge increase, managed care payment reforms and reductions, the bill was able to make spending reductions. In addition, the bill includes a funding increase for workers in nursing homes and long-term care providers - the first increase in four years. That is a well-deserved raise for the hard workers who care for our family members.
Rep. Hamilton, you still have not given us the name of the lobbyists (and who they work for) that you mentioned in the April 10 Citizen story.
Thanks go to Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL legislators for their work this session.
     - Carol Paplow

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