U.S. Rep. Tim Walz heard from some unhappy folks when he met constituents Tuesday at the Hy-Vee grocery in Austin.
Among those attending the “Congress on Your Corner” event was Mower County Republican Chairperson Dennis Schminke, says the Austin Daily Herald.
He came to tell Walz about his worries about the economy, and that the government should spend within its means:
“I want to express my concern that the U.S. not go any further down the path of Greece. We’re hemorrhaging red ink.”
Austin resident Gene Novack, waiting in line to see the congressman, said:
“Our fathers left us a legacy and it’s gone now. We need to get back to the basics.”
He’s mad about taxes.
“They’re not saving us any money,” Novack said of the federal government. “It eventually trickles to the city, where our taxes go up.”
Larry Hirndierks and Mike McCormack of Albert Lea said they wanted to talk to Walz about diseases infecting corn and soybeans. Both work in the agricultural fertilizer business.
Walz said he uses such meetings to listen to his constituents and take their concerns back to Washington, D.C.:
“[I’m here] to try and explain if there are specific questions about legislation — to inform people. We want them to have faith in the system.”
Legislators and constituents alike need to be “engaged” in the governing process and willing to compromise, he said.