Some Democrats voted with the Republican majority as the Minnesota Senate this afternoon (Mon) passed a get-tough-on-crime package, on a vote of 48 to 19.  Democrats proposed crime-prevention measures, but about one of them, Maple Grove Republican Warren Limmer said lawmakers have a choice:

…”Help catch violent offenders, or you can spend the money on… 178 agencies and give them three million dollars.”

“If you were sincere about really wanting to address the problem of crime in the state of Minnesota, we would be funding dozens of programs…. Crime prevention is what we should be focusing on.”

…Saint Paul Democrat Sandy Pappas.