MNGOP blames DFL for wasteful spending approved by MNGOP
Yesterday, the MNGOP's official House caucus Twitter account wanted you to ponder this thought as you tried to stay warm while April snow fell outside:
-- MN House Republicans (@mnhousegop) April 11, 2013
But there's a rather larger problem with that line of thinking -- the bill allocating taxpayer funds for artists' trips was approved by the MNGOP-controlled House as part of an omnibus budget bill that came before the legislature during a special session on July 19, 2011.
As detailed by Sally Jo Sorensen at her Bluestem Prairie blog, the 2011 omnibus budget bill appropriated more than $7.5 million to the state arts board. Almost $5 million of that total was dedicated to the board's grant program, and some of that has been spent on overseas artist trips meant to "enhance culture, education and provide economic development" in Minnesota.
The budget agreement that ended the state government shutdown was approved in the House with a 81-47 vote. Just three DFLers voted in favor of the bill.
So, yeah. That doesn't exactly serve as a shining example of #DFLWaste. In fact, depending on how you feel about spending taxpayer money on artist junkets, it's just the opposite.
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