To the editor, 

Minnesota State Representative Anne Neu was seen on a metro television station recently calling the construction at the Harris/Goose Creek Rest Area a “boondoggle.” 

The rest area reconstruction and expansion is within 3% of the bid price, consistent with acceptable bidding practice, and hardly a boondoggle. It is a fair question about why it’s taken over two years to complete the construction work, but the extensive reconstruction does come with a price tag which is very close to the budgeted price.

A real boondoggle involving Rep. Neu is her leadership of the Minnesota House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) that resulted in a $15,000 fine imposed by the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board. This is a significant story involving Rep. Neu which has gotten little media coverage. 

Before being elected as State Representative Anne Neu was the Director of the HRCC, and under her watch there was clear mismanagement for which the Campaign Finance Board issued the $15,000 fine. 

Representative Neu needs to explain her involvement in clear terms as to what really happened under her watch at the HRCC regarding the improper record-keeping and subsequent fine.

Pete Boelter

North Branch

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