Pat Garofalo and Jon Koznick squander an opportunity to invest in schools so they can give tax breaks to big business

Ed-Crop Rep BudMy state representative Pat Garofalo-(R) from Farmington and my bordering district’s state representative Jon Koznick-(R) from Lakeville have proposed a state budget that provide $15 in tax giveaways to special interests for every $1 spent on education. In districts that are cutting to solve deficits, prioritizing tax cuts and corporate giveaways over Farmington’s and Lakeville’s students’ education will lead to fewer teachers, bigger class sizes, and little for Minnesota’s youngest learners and future leaders.

Even with a $2 billion projected surplus, House Republicans passed an education funding bill that invests only $156 million in educating the next generation of Minnesotans.

As a community, we need to stop rewarding politicians who think about the current bottom line before they think about the future bottom line. If we are not using public policy to improve the future, our economy will continue to be a rollercoaster ride of unpredictable highs and lows. Right now it seems like the only possible solution is to replace short-sighted politicians like Garofalo and Koznick.

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One thought on “Pat Garofalo and Jon Koznick squander an opportunity to invest in schools so they can give tax breaks to big business”

  1. Gosh … … I wonder if Matt Erickson’s speech at the CD2 convention had any impact ? Erickson spent the majority of his speech for treasurer calling out the ‘republicans’ for allowing the Democrats to spend money. Pat Garofalo, Dave Thompson and John Kline got special treatment. As the speech went on you could feel the frustration start to boil over and he eventually dropped the F’ Bomb … and was eventually escorted off the stage. He lost the election.

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