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St. Paul City Council to Congress: Shift military funding to help communities

The St. Paul City Council voted unanimously this week to support a resolution that asks Congress to redirect military funding to help local communities.

The resolution was sponsored by Council Member Amy Brendmoen, after being brought in by the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project, which says it’s seeking similar support from city councils in other metro cities. They say a vote may be taken soon in Minneapolis.

The resolution notes the state shutdown of 2011 and that many communities are laying off city employees because of cuts in federal funding.

It says St. Paul taxpayers have contributed over $1.7 billion to the cost of war since 2001 and that the nation needs to better balance “its approach to national security to include the economic, social, and environmental needs of our communities, state, and nation.”

The resolution wording calls on Minnesota’s congressional delegation “to support shifting federal funding priorities from military operations to meeting the essential needs of our local communities.”

The Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project says similar action has been taken in Philadelphia, Hartford and Los Angeles.  

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s office is checking to see if he’s on board with the resolution. I’ll bet he is; a similar resolution was passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/13/2012 - 08:31 am.

    The U.S. congress

    just passed a resolution that the city of Saint Paul should fill its potholes.

    • Submitted by Greg Gaut on 10/13/2012 - 09:18 pm.

      Doesn’t get it

      Dennis Tester doesn’t get it. He attempted a joke which backfired. The point is not for Congress to send more unfunded mandates to local government. The St. Paul resolution encourages our congressional delegation to divert the enormous amount of money that goes to insider corporations like Hailburton which spend Minnesota tax dollars with abandon in Iraq and Afghanistan with little to show for it while infrastructure, education, and services decline at home. Unless this is turned around, potholes will be the least of our problems as we learned with the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis.

  2. Submitted by Brian Larson on 10/14/2012 - 04:18 pm.

    Dennis is spot on

    and funny. National defense is a one of the legitimate functions of the federal government.
    If the federal government has extra money it should return it to it’s real owners, the people.
    Local governments should collect their own revenue from the people they serve. In this way local governments can be held accountable by constituents who will be able to judge better if they are getting value for their money.

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