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Council member wants English only for official business in Lino Lakes

A Lino Lakes City Council member has proposed an English-only policy in the city. I checked to be sure that it’s Lino Lakes, Minn., the Anoka County exurb of 20,000. Yep.

A Lino Lakes City Council member has proposed an English-only policy in the city. I checked to be sure that it’s Lino Lakes, Minn., the Anoka County exurb of 20,000. Yep. There is no Lino Lakes, Ariz.

The ordinance — declaring English the city’s official language and requiring that city resources be offered only in English — is a way for Lino Lakes to save money during a time of budget crunches, says Council Member Dave Roeser. He wants English declared the city’s official language and says that providing services in English only will save money, notes the Pioneer Press.

But apparently the city doesn’t spend anything on translating documents to other languages. Critics think it’s an anti-immigration measure.

Roeser doesn’t want to pay for interpreters, either.

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“We wouldn’t pay for somebody’s attorney. Why pay for their interpreter?” he told the Star Tribune.

English is fair to everybody. That’s what our laws are written in. Sure, you can make exceptions, translate something into Spanish. But, to be fair, where do you stop? This is about cost avoidance. That’s it.”