Lindgren will make bid for another term
Uncontrolled state spending is the main reason Doug Lindgren says he's seeking to regain his seat in the Minnesota Legislature.
Lindgren, a Bagley business owner, will again challenge Rep. Brita Sailer for the Dist. 2B seat he occupied four years ago. He got the nod two weeks ago at a Republican endorsing convention in his home town.
"One of the biggest things is that when I ran six years ago we were facing a $4.5 billion deficit and did the platform to get out of that," Lindgren said Monday in an interview.
"When Brita was in, because of the work that we did in that Legislature and the sacrifices the people of Minnesota went through we turned around and had a $2.5 billion surplus, now they spent that away. Now we're facing a $1 billion deficit again. And I think we have enough taxes. The problem is that we have too much crazy spending going on."
Lindgren, to practice what he is preaching, has launched a low-key, bare bones budget campaign. He's not spending on advertising or other media so far. He's going from town to town to spread his anti-spending gospel, hoping it will strike a chord with overworked, overtaxed citizens.
"Look what they did with the taxes," Lindgren said of the 2008 Legislative session. "They raised taxes and people can't even afford to pay for gas and they raised taxes on gas eight cents.
"When do you stop raising taxes to pay for the spending?" he questioned. "They've gone overboard."
Lindgren, a small business owner, said he feels both the pinch of taxation and rising gasoline costs. As a service station owner, he said he makes no profit on the sale of gasoline, and relies on the repair services he provides to make ends meet.
Lindgren is also campaigning on a healthcare reform platform.
"I believe we have to have healthcare for everybody," he said. "The Democrats believe in universal payer, one payer, the government, and I don't think that's the way it should be. It should be multi-payer because competition is what brings the prices down," he said.
"Have you ever seen a government agency that took care of something that did a good job at it?"
Lindgren said he worries that government-controlled healthcare, besides being expensive, will become an unwieldy agency that invades patients' privacy.
"Usually it gets bloated with all kind of bureaucracy," he said of government-run programs. "When you go to the doctor wouldn't you like to just have you and your doctor in the room instead of having to go through some government agency to be there too? That's what it's gonna be," he maintains.
Lindgren said he doubts some of the state's fiscal problems are a reflection of a troubled national economy.
"We're the fourth highest taxed state in the nation," he said. "And we still have a problem with not having enough money. I don't think that is the challenge. I think the challenge is that you're spending too much money."