Thompson: “The Senate doesn’t need a new building. And taxpayers certainly don’t need to be footing the bill.”

Lakeville, MN – State Senator and Candidate for Governor Dave Thompson released the following statement today, re-affirming his opposition to a $90 million Senate Office Building and questioning Governor Dayton’s need for additional office space.

“While I appreciate Governor Dayton attempting to provide his Republican successor with a more plush and decadent office, I think I speak for all of my colleagues here when I say that the current Corner Office will suit any of us just fine. I’m especially disappointed that the Governor claimed that “HVAC and ducts” were the cause for a new building; this reasoning rings hollow when we learn that the new arrangement will give the governor 62% more space.

“He doesn’t need it. The Senate doesn’t need a new building. And taxpayers certainly don’t need to be footing the bill.

“As a Senator, I opposed this wasteful use of funds, and I continue to do so. As governor, I will work with legislators from both parties put a stop to it.”