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A vote against Benishek
April 21, 2011 - Burt Angeli
The decision by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) to not support the B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship program did not sit well with The Mining Journal sports editor Matt Wellens.
“Benishek apparently doesn't feel the same way, however, as I do about supporting education and those who represent the stars and stripes.
To him, college scholarships and Olympic dreams are just special interest earmarks.
"While the safest political course would be to support this popular local initiative, I cannot do so and still honor the greater promise I made to voters to be fiscally conservative with federal tax monies," Benishek said in a statement published by The Mining Journal.
The B.J. Stupak Scholarship program is more than just a local initiative.
It affects student-athletes not only in Marquette, but those in Colorado Springs, Lake Placid, N.Y. and Chula Vista, Calif., not to mention training centers in Oklahoma, Alabama and Wisconsin.
Thousands of student-athletes each year not only are trying to do their best to make America proud in athletic competition, but by becoming educated, as well.
That sounds like a pretty good program and good use of taxpayer money in my mind, especially when the $343,000 given to NMU and USOEC athletes results in a $20 million impact on the local economy in Marquette, according a Lake Superior Partnership study.”
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