Karen Eberhard letter: Amy Wilde is the senator we need
Like a lot of you, I've been frustrated by the lack of action at the State Capitol. The Minnesota House was in such a hurry to adjourn that they looked like little kids after the closing bell on the last day of school. So, after two years, we're ...
Like a lot of you, I've been frustrated by the lack of action at the State Capitol. The Minnesota House was in such a hurry to adjourn that they looked like little kids after the closing bell on the last day of school. So, after two years, we're still at the starting gate with no major bills passed: no tax bill, no bonding bill and no transportation bill.
The premise for adjourning quickly, before the Senate even got their passed bills, was so that no changes could be made to proposals already passed-no compromises. A major typo error, costing the state millions of dollars, was discovered in the tax bill after their adjournment, but they were gone, so it could not be corrected. The metro light rail question was not about money from the state. The request was for the right of the local taxing authority to levy a light rail tax in the metro. We were hoodwinked. The big loser here is all of us.
All that inaction calls for a change, which is why I support Amy Wilde for the Minnesota Senate in Senate District 18. She has been a county commissioner, reporter, small business owner and volunteer and she knows how to get jobs done. A former GOP advocate, she jumped ship when the GOP wagon made a hard right turn, but will fulfill her pro-life vision by providing better alternatives to abortion.
Among other things, as a county commissioner Amy helped found Prime West Health in 1997. This is a regional health care program that won state and national awards for reducing the cost to counties and providing better benefits to the patients using it; super experience for dealing with the Affordable Healthcare Act in Minnesota. That's the kind of experience we need in St. Paul and Amy Wilde is the candidate who will resolve the regional and political differences that have brought legislative action to a standstill.