Bob Dettmer Working For Families - 09/06/2006
FOREST LAKE - Not yet elected to the State House, Bob Dettmer is already working hard for Minnesota Families.
Dettmer tackled transportation issues on Friday (9/1). Meeting with Metro Transit passengers as they waited for their buses, Dettmer stated, "I know high gas prices and road congestion put a strain on our commutes." Dettmer continued by emphasizing, "Minnesotans deserve roads that are safe, convenient, and affordable to drive on."
Dettmer cited improvements to mass transit carriers; accountable funding for transportation initiatives; and a re-evaluation of Minnesota’s burdensome gas tax as possible options in accomplishing his transportation goals.
"For the majority of Minnesotans, using their automobiles is the most efficient way to get around. This means lawmakers have to build and maintain our highways. And in a state like ours, with severe winters, it is all the more important," Dettmer told commuters.
Dettmer has been discussing campaign issues with district 52A constituents since early May. "I firmly believe our communities need a Representative that is prepared to fight for them," Dettmer said. "If I am privileged enough to represent 52A, I will work relentlessly to provide our schools with equitable funding and safer, more affordable commutes."
Dettmer cited the misuse of taxpayer money as a primary cause of our traffic woes. "Taxes on gas and automobile purchases were intended to pay for the building and maintenance of our highway system. But over the years, lawmakers have raided these funds and not all of the dollars devoted to transportation have been used for transportation - this must change!"
Dettmer has been a public school teacher for 33 years and resides in Forest Lake with this wife, Colleen. Dettmer is also the proud father of three grown children and three grandchildren.