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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:40 PM
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MN's Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (DFL-Mpls) has had enough of the Republicans lies
 
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Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (DFL-Mpls) has had enough of the Republicans trying to dismantle public education in Minnesota and lying about it. She took to the Senate floor yesterday to remind Republicans of what they are really doing.


She listed all of the items Republicans are cutting in their education budget:

* cut Indian Children Welfare Act
* canceled Youth Summer Programs in lowest income communities
* cut compensatory funding for three largest districts with highest concentrations of poverty
* cut integration funding
* cut all the funding for caregiver support

Here's her conclusion:

" All of this funding was for poor children, members, and you just cut this funding. You just did that. Do not come today and tell us that you want to provide public funding to private schools to support low income children of color because that is just not true. What you are doing is taking public dollars to go to private schools because you want to dismantle ... to dismantle public education. That's what you want to do. Just don't lie about it."


I found this at: http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/8890/patricia...
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:50 PM
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1. K&R
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:55 PM
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2. The Bill authored by the Republican sounds like a A.L.E.C bill
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 09:56 PM by annm4peace
I"m so proud of my Sen Torres Ray for speaking out. She is an excellent Senator to have and unlike many MN GOP Senators, she holds regular town hall meetings.
I hope our DFL Gov vetos this bill.

There is an article by online MN Independent that explains what Sen Torres Ray was objecting to. As said in the article it is a bill that is similar in other states.

http://minnesotaindependent.com/79883/school-voucher-de...
( I just posted snips of the article)

School voucher debate riles Minnesota Senate

'That's taxpayer dollars specifically advancing religion,' says Sen. Latz
By Andy Birkey

On Tuesday, Minnesota Senators debated whether taxpayer funds should be used to pay for private religious school tuition as part of an omnibus tax bill. Republicans hope the proposal, which is modeled after one in Arizona and has been dubbed a backdoor voucher system by some, will pass constitutional muster. The U.S. Supreme Court released a decision on Arizonas system on Monday that could boost state Republicans hopes, but DFLers say regardless of the measures constitutionality it represents the GOPs ultimate goal of dismantling public education altogether.


Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, introduced an amendment to the tax bill that would delete a program that allows large tax breaks for low-income families to be used for private school tuition.

At a time that our school districts are cutting back, we need put our money into our public schools instead of putting taxpayer money into private and religious schools, she said. (The GOPs education budget cuts education funding in Minneapolis publich schools by $415 per student, while per-student funds would to decrease by $395 in St. Paul and $132 in Duluth.)

The program would cost $10.7 million in the next biennium. We should be spending these precious taxpayer dollars on our public schools, she added.

Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, said, I would hope that you would give our poorer families an opportunity to climb out and that you resist voting for the Sieben amendment.

As Kruse noted, the Minnesota proposal is based on the Arizona system.

** It was Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis, who took the Republicans to the mat over education funding and the claims like that of Sen. Kruse that the tax credit program was to help low-income Minnesotans.

What the majority members are telling us right now, that this is about low-income children, about minority children, I am just shocked to hear this, she said. I want to remind you that we cut all funding for the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is given to the lowest income Indian children in Minnesota.

We also canceled all of the funding for youth summer programs in the lowest income communities in Minnesota.

We cut compensatory funding for the three largest districts in the state of Minnesota where we have the highest concentration of poverty.

We also cut integration which allows predominately low income children to attend school outside Minneapolis and St. Paul districts.

We also cut all the funding for caregiver support that provides funding for grandparents of children who are placed in out of home placement.

She continued, All of this funding, members, was for poor children and you just cut this funding, so do not come to us today that you want to provide public funding for private schools to support low income children, children of color because that is just not true.

Finally, she said, What you are doing is taking public dollars to go to private schools because you want to dismantle public education. Thats what you want to do. Just dont lie about it.

The Senate then passed the omnibus tax bill with the private school tax credit attached, also along party lines.
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blackbart99 Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 04:39 AM
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11. Great job on the second comment....
Not letting that rethuglican get the last word in.

:kick: :headbang: :applause: :woohoo: :patriot: :bluebox:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:58 PM
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3. K & R
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:22 PM
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4. K&R!!! n/t
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roxiejules Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:46 PM
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5. Thank you, Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray
for speaking up for the children!
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:57 PM
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6. Don't the repub's hate it when they do racist or fascist things and it is recognized
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 10:58 PM by The Wielding Truth
for what it is? I hate their blind eye to the harm they do.
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HankyDubs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:50 AM
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7. don't lie?
That would amount to censoring republicans! I don't remember the last time I heard a republican utter a single word that wasn't a lie.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:17 AM
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8. Yup.......nt
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gadjitfreek Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:36 AM
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9. The Christian Madrassification of America
The GOP resembles nothing more than the Taliban. Religious zealots who stop at nothing to get their way, no matter how twisted or backwards it is.
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sasquuatch55 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:40 PM
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19. And yet they use their so called Christianity as a tool of the debil! n/t
n/t
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BEZERKO Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 04:20 AM
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10. Good job,
say it and keep saying it.
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humanityisfree Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:22 PM
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12. we are screwed!
These same types of cuts are being made here in NY as well- cuts to education and social programs while emphasizing "community based" solutions to poverty and income inequality. They want to ignore the fact that those community based solutions - those programs and organizations have been funded primarily through the state and federal gov't for years...And while there is nothing in the current legilsative agenda here in NY to propose school vouchers - there is a growing sentiment that education and upward mobility can all be provided and accomplished by the individual. Too bad all of the individuals don't all start out at the same place huh?
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:55 PM
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13. K and R nt
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 01:43 PM
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14. why is it that...
once we get into the worst situations possible in all situations then,Dems show up with a list of everything that is going on and the media who now,want to tell everyone how bad it is or how bad it can get..
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perdita9 Donating Member (408 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:04 PM
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15. Attention Poor and Middle Class Voters!
This is what you get when you don't show up to the polls. The Republicans take the funds from YOUR children and redirect them to THEIR children.

Wake up or get used to sleeping in the sewer.
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mlevans Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:18 PM
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16. Bravissima!
Now why can't they all stand up and rub the collective GOP face in it like that? Whatever that lady has I hope it's contagious.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:52 PM
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17. Is this a bill that Governor Dayton can veto without hurting our public
schools more? My children attended religious schools until 5th grade. We paid for those children ourselves and did not ask for tax money. That is the way it should be. If you want your child in a religious school then pay for it. By the way my children came from a poor welfare family. The democrats are correct they are using this to destroy the public school system. Please Dayton, veto this on for us.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:38 PM
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18. K&R
:kick:
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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:45 PM
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20. Republicans have constantly gut & cut public education funding so they can say, see it's not working
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 04:00 PM by GreenTea
it's the same old republican tactic to privatize everything for their corporations cut funding of programs they want to get their greedy collusive over-charging, government subsidies, corporations hands on. The same public programs they point their lying manipulative fingers at by saying that these exact same education programs that republicans have cut funding & gutted for years, don't work...

Elitist Republicans have been dumbing down America (especially the poor & minorities) for years with their slimy tactics, they want a nation of idiot slaves who believes and gets all their republican propaganda & manipulated information spoon fed to them by Fox 'news' Limbaugh & the rest - Republicans know the uneducated will be uninformed enough to be converted & convinced into republican corporate fascism and who will then vote republican or not at all!

Republicans are lying despicable greedy hateful shameless ugly creatures!
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 06:58 PM
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24. Conservatives, in this country, when you get right down to it,
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 07:00 PM by Ken Burch
Are STILL mad that some people started teaching slaves to read(often those who did were the first Republicans, but they wouldn't be welcome in the GOP of today-or, let's face it, the GOP after 1964, or maybe even after 1876, when that party allowed Jim Crow to be established in exchange for getting to steal a presidential election).

It's still at that level with a lot of them.

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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 04:34 PM
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21. Typical repub who stands up to whine after getting called out.
Sorry your feelings got hurt. The truth tends to do that.
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TatonkaJames Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:35 PM
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22. It happened November 22, 1963
They could care less.
Whenever decent members of the body of both houses call out these hypocrites, and they know
who they are when they feel they need to defend their actions when not accused directly, look at
the impatient looks of those sitting behind the dais and in the chairs. They show no care or compassion,
they feel no guilt.
This is past the beginning of class warfare, they are into their full out attack on everyone they feel is
beneath them.
Yes, government entitlement programs may be costly, but they believe the few billion their cutting from
necessary programs will have an impact on the deficit, knowing it won't. Why don't they listen to Sanders
or Kucinich when will they introduce legislation to cut war funding or tax breaks for the wealthy ? Even Reagan
raised taxes eight times, and Clinton as well raised them and we were better off.
CorAmerica has taken complete control of our government.
It happened November 22, 1963.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 06:55 PM
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23. Senator Torres-Ray is right
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 06:56 PM by Ken Burch
The Republicans(and, unfortunately the small, overrepresented bloc of "moderate" Democrats who enable them)want to destroy public education, want to end all hope of upward mobility for anyone not born with a silver spoon, want to reduce us to a 19th Century social structure where only a tiny minority of robber barons know what life is and the rest of us are reduced to slaving our lives out for them.

And all the bloated, arrogant Republican "woman" who spoke in response could do was to provide a lame cross-gendered Glenn Beck imitation and say, in effect, "no fair, she hurt my little feelers..." with Tiger Balm tears and all the rest of the act.
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JohnnyK Donating Member (264 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:29 PM
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25. Great stuff! - K&R!
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