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Cost of war in Minnesota: $15.8 billion

In a prelude to Friday’s first televised debate between U.S. Sens. and presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama, state and local DFLers on Wednesday outlined the Iraq War’s financial impact on Minnesota.

Addressing reporters at the State Office Building in St. Paul, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said statistics from a federal watchdog group give voters a clear picture of the financial impact on Minnesotans of the five-year-old war.

Anderson Kelliher was joined by Hennepin County and Ramsey County officials, who decried the Iraq War’s cost and what that money could have provided for Minnesota.

The new data were gathered by the National Priorities Project (NPP), a Northampton, Mass.-based nonprofit research organization that analyzes federal spending so people can understand how their tax dollars are spent.

DFLers likely want to emphasize the Iraq War’s cost to Minnesotans


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