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Published April 11, 2012, 07:19 PM

Voters in Crookston Voice Opinions to Legislators

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Minnesotans concerned about taxes, education and health care voiced their concerns to their lawmakers in Crookston on Wednesday. Legislators are traveling the state on their 10-day break.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Minnesotans concerned about taxes, education and health care voiced their concerns to their lawmakers in Crookston on Wednesday. Legislators are traveling the state on their 10-day break.

With less than a month remaining in the session, legislators want to educate and hear from people about tax relief, education, health care and anything else on Minnesotans' minds.

Elaine Torpet moved from Canada to Minnesota in 1961.

"I got married before we came down here and then we had a baby and baby number one wasn't paid for, baby number two came two years later, so it was a struggle," Torpet said.

Torpet had health care up in Canada but it didn't transfer over And that's what she wanted to talk about today.

"Well, we don't have a system here and I would like to see a good health system, one where everyone is covered," Torpet said.

That is just one of the issues people brought up to House minority leader Paul Thissen and State Representative Paul Marquart.

"The biggest things are getting people back to work, focusing on jobs including a bonding bill, making sure we do something to address the residential property tax increase that we've seen across the state and the last thing is trying to put a permanent solution in place to pay back our schools," Thissen said

"They're facing the property tax increases, the shortage of funding in schools and healthcare. It's great to hear stories back home, when we wind up in St. Paul I think we get isolated," Marquart said.

People brought up the $2.5 billion borrowed from schools to balance the state budget and property tax increases.

"I think taxes is a big thing. I got my tax taken from my home and it went up $600 which is ridiculous," Don Osborne said.

The legislators are continuing to travel around the State before the last couple of weeks of the session wrap up. Giving people like Torpet the chance to voice their concerns and help make a change.

"My issue is always health care, it's been that way for 50 years," Torpet said.

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