Readers Write: (March 11): Budget surplus, minimum wage, traffic and parking, pay disparities, trade agreements

  • Updated: March 10, 2014 - 6:15 PM

All that extra money, and all these needs? Spend, don’t save.

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BUDGET SURPLUS

What — we can’t find problems to address?

Over the last few weeks, I have encountered the following stories in the news:

1) Smaller bridges all over the state in danger of falling down.

2) Roads all over the state in conditions ranging from dismal to dire.

3) Children being denied lunch in public schools because they lack the dollar or two that is needed to buy it.

4) Municipalities asking citizens to volunteer to do necessary jobs, because the money isn’t available to hire someone to do them.

5) The working poor being forced to pay usurious rents to absentee landlords in order to live in roach- and bedbug-infested firetraps, because the state supposedly lacks the funds to build affordable, decent housing for them.

6) Theoretically, the state of Minnesota has a projected surplus of funds exceeding a billion dollars.

Enlighten me: Why isn’t No. 6 being used to deal with Nos. 1 through 5? Anyone?

Sharon L. Casey, St. Paul

 

PAY DISPARITIES

Follow the money — to more-trivial pursuits

There was an inspiring story on the Sports page (“Teacher and student, March 3) about Alex Meyer, the young pitcher picked up by the Twins who works as a substitute teacher during the offseason. He signed for a bonus of $2 million, yet he teaches for $63 a day in his hometown in Indiana. I don’t know what is more shocking: $2 million for a rookie baseball player, or $63 for a teaching job that requires a college education.

Robert Idso, St. Peter, Minn.

 

MINIMUM WAGE

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