To the editor:
The "blarney" is getting thick when Representative Murdock and Governor Pawlenty start taking credit for the Perham Resource Recovery Facility in the 2010 bonding bill. As chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee I would like to share some facts:
1. Governor Pawlenty did not have the Perham Resource Recovery Facility in his bonding bill recommendations.
2. Representative Murdock voted against the House bonding bill which contained the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. He cast "no" votes all three times it was heard on the House floor.
3. Senator Dan Skogen advocated for and voted for the Senate bonding bill which contained $5.075 million for the Perham Resource Recovery Facility.
4. When the final bonding bill came to the Governor's desk and he line-item vetoed many projects, of which roughly 85 percent were in Democrat legislators' districts, he looked for projects in Republican districts to sign.
If Representative Murdock had his way, the Perham Resource Recovery Facility never would have made it to the Governor's desk. So for securing funds for the Perham facility, you have Senator Skogen to thank, not Representative Murdock or Governor Pawlenty or the luck of the Irish! -- State Senator Keith Langseth
(Langseth (DFL) represents Minnesota District 9 and is Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee.)