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The Star Tribune also sent e-mail queries to other members of the district’s legislative delegation. Of those who responded, state Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, and Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, said they supported the proposal, and Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, said he did not take public positions on local levy issues.
Other local officials to sign on to the effort include Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel, Sheriff Bill Hutton and County Attorney Pete Orput.
“We know from research that individuals who graduate and have access to quality education throughout primary and secondary school are less likely to commit serious crimes and be enrolled in public assistance,” Orput was quoted as saying. “A good education equals a good citizen. And the bottom line when it comes to our kids is that if we don’t educate them, I will likely end up incarcerating them.”