Laughing all the Way to the Bank
My letter to the editor to the Strib got published:
Surprise, surprise, surprise, the Twins are dropping the economic development argument for the stadium (Star Tribune, June 19).
Our Republican Governor made a "no new tax pledge." He is breaking this pledge when he supports a plan that provides for a 1.1 to 1.5 billion dollar tax increase for those paying sales taxes in Hennepin County. Under this latest proposal, Taxpayers would be forced to pay 80-90% of the bill while the Twins will laugh all the way to the bank depositing the profits from this deal. Kudos to Rep. Phil Krinkie and Sen. John Marty for introducing a bill to protect the taxpayer's interests in this matter.
It's worth noting that the Republican Party Platform supports: "Maintaining the principle that sports ..... should be funded by users and voluntary donors, and not by tax dollars."
When Governor Pawlenty and Speaker Sviggum support this boondoggle they are opposing core Republican principles of limited government conservatism.
What frosts me more than anything is all the suburban and outstate legislators supporting this nonsense because it doesn't raise taxes on their constituents. I wish a Minneapolis Legislator would introduce a bill to increase the sales tax in Dakota County to pay for the stadium.
Ofcourse both candidates for Minneapolis Mayor are fully in support of this boondoggle. Neither claims to be a limited government conservative. Both Steve Sviggum and Tim Pawlenty do.