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Letter:The light rail boondoggle

Gov. Dayton, acting like a cry-baby, won't call a special session to fix a technical issue with the bipartisan tax bill and deal with the bonding issues because he can't get his pet project--southwest light rail funding. That 12-mile stretch of l...

Gov. Dayton, acting like a cry-baby, won't call a special session to fix a technical issue with the bipartisan tax bill and deal with the bonding issues because he can't get his pet project-southwest light rail funding.

That 12-mile stretch of light rail will cost $16.2 billion just to construct and then there would be millions each year to subsidize the operations, especially since purchasing tickets is on the honor system.

We have more than enough of this kind of boondoggle.

We already have the Northstar line that costs us taxpayers $24 per ride. That's each way-so for each rider from Minneapolis to Big Lake and back, we, the taxpayers, are paying $48. That's probably more than Uber or Lyft would charge.

Dayton and his big-spending Democrat colleagues would have practically doubled the gas tax and tried to increase the cost of our license tabs too. In fact, I'm sure they would have found other taxes to increase as well.

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They also would have increased our living expenses through more regulations if not for the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Thank you, Tim Miller and your Republican colleagues, for saving us from the spending-crazed Dems. You would think with all the tax increases when the Dems controlled both houses and the governorship, they would finally have enough, but I guess they will never have enough until they drain every dime from all of us hard-working Minnesotans.

If they wanted more money to spend, maybe they shouldn't have spent nearly $100 million on a building for a handful of state senators. Let's spend the surplus on our roads and bridges instead of wasting it on boondoggles.

And while I'm on my soapbox it's high time this state stops discriminating against married couples and allow them to only use one of their incomes in calculating all the tax credits just like unmarried couples get to do.

The other option is to require unmarried couples to include both incomes in these calculations. And to encourage work, rather than discourage it, make these tax credit nonrefundable.

​Barb Kirtz

Olivia

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