Posted: 10/30/14 23:56
by Dave Mindeman
The Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund PAC publishes a questionnaire about issues concerning business. Rep. Anna Wills, District 57B took part in answering this questionnaire -- and I thought I'd share her answers in the transportation section....
How should Minnesota address its unmet transportation needs in the near future?
Minnesota should address its transportation needs with existing revenues by focusing on improving efficiencies.
Do you support an increase in the fuel tax for expansion and maintenance of roads and bridges?
Do you support raising the metro area sales tax to fund metro transit projects?
(by the way, her DFL opponent is Denise Packard)
Now the answers given by Rep. Anna Wills may look pretty straight forward and concise, but what does it really tell us?
First, she will not increase taxes regarding transportation for anything or any reason. NO is not a compromise position or an answer that seems very forward thinking. Just NO no matter what.
But the first question is even more problemsome. The question is about "unmet" transportation needs. The Chamber says it, MNDOT says it, the Met Council says it, and a lot of Minnesotans say it as well --we are behind in transportation funding. That's what unmet refers to - WE ARE BEHIND.
And it is not the distant future - the Chamber question recognizes that it is a problem of the "near future".
So what does Rep. Anna Wills suggest? Use "existing revenues" and "focus on improving efficiencies."
If existing revenues were enough - why is there such concern about "unmet" needs? And we have been trying to get by with "efficiencies" for several years now. We have wrung out the efficiency sponge. It is dry. It is in trouble. And the only efficiency involved now, is to just not do needed projects. The projects stop because we don't have the money.
Frankly, when it comes to transportation problems, Rep. Anna Wills is just extra baggage in the legislature. No ideas. No discussion. She says NO to our transportation future.
When it comes to transportation, Rep. Anna Wills will not be part of the discussion. She has nothing to offer but a NO vote.
To be perfectly frank, those answers disqualify her transportation input. And her district will suffer for it.
Vote for Denise Packard in 57B - a person who is open to solutions and will utilize BOTH the Red and Green button options on her desk.