Remember the state senator that was convicted of an ethics violation for something she said on Twitter? Well, the ethics violator is now saying crazy things. Senator Hoffman is now saying that libraries are a waste of public dollars and should be privately funded. Perhaps she doesn't know that local government aid pays for our police and public safety. Senator Hoffman calls this pork. She also says she doesn't want a dime of bonding money to help pay for the wellness center after the community center was flattened by a tornado.
Senator Hoffman should have spent some time in local libraries to become "more enlightened" on what it is to be part of a community. The fact is that our rural libraries are an important part of the social fabric of our communities where people come to check out books-for free-to read. For kids that don't have computers at home to use the internet and libraries are one of the few things in the world that give everyone a chance to improve themselves. In a library, people can learn about personal finance, how to find a job, how to fix their home and how to deal with health issues -- which perhaps the senator missed.
This opposition to Local Government Aid (LGA) doesn't make sense. LGA pays for police and fire protection; pays to make our streets safer, housing affordable, economic development possible and property taxes down. This is pork? Without the help of LGA, Wadena would not have public parks, schools, libraries or all the things that make neighborhoods livable.
It was tragic when the community center was destroyed and now that Wadena has a plan to build a wellness center to serve the citizens of the community, Senator Hoffman is coming out against having state bonding money help to Wadena pay for it. Many towns are small, money is tight and they cannot afford to pay for these projects with more property tax increases. There would not be a college built or repaired without bonding money. There would not be an ice rink, community center, or anything that benefits small communities, as a whole, without bonding money. Bonding money is a smart economic development tool because community assets bring new revenue into communities and expand opportunities for employment.
Apparently, Senator Hoffman doesn't understand the concept of doing things for the good of the community. Her narrow minded ideas do not work to serve the good of our communities. Seriously, there are so many reasons the elections in the fall of 2012 cannot come soon enough to vote Hoffman out of office.