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Letter: Select group shouldn't be sole beneficiaries of grant

By Michele Even, Prior Lake House members Rod Hamilton and Jim Knoblach, as well as Sen. Jim Abeler, are under the impression that Minnesota taxpayers should fund a $500,000 grant for Africans with disabilities (HF2190, SF1959). Looking back on 2...

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By Michele Even, Prior Lake

House members Rod Hamilton and Jim Knoblach, as well as Sen. Jim Abeler, are under the impression that Minnesota taxpayers should fund a $500,000 grant for Africans with disabilities (HF2190, SF1959).

Looking back on 2016, there was a total of $80,623,568 spent for people with disabilities in the state of Minnesota, which is an average of $1,893 per person with a disability (Case Management Program Statistics 2016). Why do Minnesota legislators believe that Africans in particular need an additional $500,000 spent on their disabilities when in fact we are already spending over $80 million annually in our state?

Shouldn't all of Representative Rod Hamilton's constituents benefit from our taxes, rather than a select group?

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