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LETTER: Sen. Kent impresses with her effectiveness

After reading Linda Stanton’s letter regarding Sen. Susan Kent’s effectiveness, I hope to correct the inaccuracies. Suggesting Kent is ineffective is not only absurd, it’s simply wrong. Kent works tirelessly to improve the lives of her constituents and all Minnesotans. A few highlights of her work:

Kent led the effort to increase school counselor ratios, an issue where Minnesota needed improvement.

She authored a bill to improve physical education standards for Minnesota children.

Kent supported the highly cost-effective program Reading Corps which increases literacy in elementary students.

She authored a bill to establish sexual assault prevention programs through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Kent worked with Rep. Fenton on the bonding request for Madison’s Place playground.

She was at the forefront of efforts to allow Sunday liquor sales.

Kent continued her bipartisan-supported work on the Gateway Corridor.

Ineffective is a more appropriate term for House Republicans during the last weeks of the session. Republican leadership was only effective in compelling a special session because they couldn’t put together a cohesive budget or sensible piece of legislation.

DFL lawmakers, including Kent, fought for Minnesota families while Republicans continue to fight against raising the minimum wage for average working Minnesotans. DFL leaders defended Minnesota families as Republicans greedily tried to take healthcare away with moves to eliminate MinnesotaCare.

Kent was included in a bipartisan effort to improve MNsure, but Republicans suddenly want to dump MNsure for the previously maligned federal exchange. This move would eliminate Minnesota’s ability to adapt the ACA to our healthcare system and cost taxpayers more money to update DHS computer systems. Republicans must think voters don’t see through their duplicitous political posturing.

I will be watching Kent carefully next year, as I continue to be impressed by her initiative, leadership and effectiveness.

Deb Anderson Zupke