To the editor:
State Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, has been a bi-partisan voice by looking out for the needs of children, the community, and being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.
Wills voted against MNsure, knowing that the economic model would not work. With Preferred One leaving the MNsure exchange, the group that made up 60 percent of the MNsure private enrollees now faces increases of 63 percent on their premiums to keep their plan. She was right.
Wills voted for our students and schools, voting for a bill to increase school lunch funding for low income students while at the same time co-authoring a bill that saved District 196 $500,000 of taxpayer money.
Wills worked across party lines to increase funding for the Minnesota Zoo. She successfully lobbied to increase funding in the bonding bill from $7 million to $12 million in the 2014 bonding bill.
Wills also had the fortitude to vote “no” on that same 2014 bonding bill, after it became apparent the DFL majority funded pet projects in other cities. Disgustingly, the DFL ignored Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ planned request for the Dakota County Technical College Transportation and Emerging Technologies wing, instead funded pork projects in different districts to help re-election chances.
Wills has been repeatedly attacked for her votes against the bonding bill, but my family is pleased to have a representative who refuses to play politics with our taxpayer dollars, and has the courage to stand up to partisan politics.