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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Important Stadium Votes at the Legislature.....

The House Tax Committee will hear the Twins Stadium bill this week. If you are concerned about the wink and a nod agreements to not follow the law and allow for a referendum on the 30 year sales tax increase, contact the House and Senate Tax committee members right away.

Last week I sent the following e-mail to Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, who is my representative on the Hennepin County Board. I copied the two strongest stadium opponents on the board, Commissioners Koblick and Steele, as well as my House and Senate representatives in St. Paul.



Unless it is approved by a referendum, I do not support a sales tax increase for building a baseball facility.

After following this topic for the past year, I am very concerned that elected officials (at both the state and county level) are willing to propose and approve deals that violate the state statutes. It suggests that if compliance with a statute is inconvenient, or elected decision makers are feeling undue pressure to get something done, its okay to wink at everybody and ignore the law.

If that's the case, the bill that should be in front of the legislature is one that would repeal the statute requiring referendums for local sales taxincreases.



I did hear back from Commissioner Koblick, who suggested opponents contact the entire legislature. 80% of them do not represent Hennepin County, yet they stand ready to allow a tax increase for the county they do not represent.

Here are the members of the House Tax committee. All of the phone numbers have area code 651.

Chair: Philip Krinkie (R) 296-2907 rep.phil.krinkie@house.mn
Vice Chair: Dean Simpson (R) 296-4293 rep.dean.simpson@house.mn
Lead-DFL: Ann Lenczewski (DFL) 296-4218 rep.ann.lenczewski@house.mn
Ron Abrams (R) 296-9934 rep.ron.abrams@house.mn
Irv Anderson (DFL) 296-4936 rep.irv.anderson@house.mn
Joe Atkins (DFL) 296-4192 rep.joe.atkins@house.mn
Connie Bernardy (DFL) 296-5510 rep.connie.bernardy@house.mn
Laura Brod (R) 296-4229 rep.laura.brod@house.mn
Gregory M. Davids (R) 296-9278 rep.greg.davids@house.mn
Jim Davnie (DFL) 296-0173 rep.jim.davnie@house.mn
Chris DeLaForest (R) 296-4231 rep.chris.delaforest@house.mn
David Dill (DFL) 296-2190 rep.david.dill@house.mn
Dan Dorman (R) 296-8216 rep.dan.dorman@house.mn
Ron Erhardt (R) 296-4363 rep.ron.erhardt@house.mn
Larry Howes (R) 296-2451 rep.larry.howes@house.mn
Mike Jaros (DFL) 296-4246 rep.mike.jaros@house.mn
Jim Knoblach (R) 296-6316 rep.jim.knoblach@house.mn
Lyle Koenen (DFL) 296-4346 rep.lyle.koenen@house.mn
Paul Kohls (R) 296-4282 rep.paul.kohls@house.mn
Morrie Lanning (R) 296-5515 rep.morrie.lanning@house.mn
John Lesch (DFL) 296-4224 rep.john.lesch@house.mn
Paul Marquart (DFL) 296-6829 rep.paul.marquart@house.mn
Joe Mullery (DFL) 296-4262 rep.joe.mullery@house.mn
Peter Nelson (R) 296-5377 rep.peter.nelson@house.mn
Tom Rukavina (DFL) 296-0170 rep.tom.rukavina@house.mn
Katie Sieben (DFL) 296-4342 rep.katie.sieben@house.mn
Ray Vandeveer (R) 296-4124 rep.ray.vandeveer@house.mn
Andrew "Andy" Westerberg (R) 296-4226 rep.andy.westerberg@house.mn
Kurt Zellers (R) 296-5502 rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn


Members of the Senate Tax committee are:

Chair: Lawrence J. Pogemiller
Vice Chair: David J. Tomassoni
Ranking Minority Member: William V. Belanger Jr.
Member: Thomas M. Bakk
Don Betzold
Debbie J. Johnson
Warren Limmer
John Marty
Mike McGinn
Mee Moua
Julianne E. Ortman
Rod Skoe

You can look up their contact information at http://www.senate.mn

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