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West letter: Who does Baker really represent?

I was puzzled to read Rep. Dave Baker claim on his campaign website, "From the beginning, my goal was to fund our schools and see rural schools receive more equitable funding in comparison to metro schools." Really? Baker had a funny way of showi...

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I was puzzled to read Rep. Dave Baker claim on his campaign website, "From the beginning, my goal was to fund our schools and see rural schools receive more equitable funding in comparison to metro schools."

Really? Baker had a funny way of showing it when he voted to send a targeted $500,000 to the ritzy metro Eden Prairie School District for "college readiness." He did this on May 22, 2016, when he voted "yes" for House File 2749. Doesn't Baker think that Kandiyohi County students also deserve some special preparation for college? Why didn't Baker advocate for kids in his own district over Eden Prairie kids, or at least equally?

This is reminiscent of Baker's vote last year to send $2 million to the city of Annandale for broadband funding, but nothing for Kandiyohi County. He made this questionable choice when he voted yes for House File 1437 on May 18, 2015. Doesn't Baker think that Kandiyohi County residents deserve decent internet service, and why didn't he advocate for his own district over Annandale, or at least equally?

Finally, Baker also voted to send $35,000 to the city of Delano for its Fourth of July parade (also in House File 1437). And for Willmar Fest? Nothing! Doesn't Baker think that Willmar could use additional money for his own district celebrations-or at least equally with Delano?

Baker needs to get his priorities straight. He does not represent Eden Prairie, Annandale, or Delano. He does represent all the residents of Kandiyohi County, his supposed district, a disservice by putting the needs of other communities ahead of his own constituents in Kandiyohi County, or at least equally.

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Becky West

New London

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