Governor Pawlenty of Tax Increases Planning to Break His Pledge
The following elected officials have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, thereby promising to "oppose (and vote against/veto) any and all efforts to increase taxes." yet voted FOR the stadium tax increase
Paul Koering (Fort Ripley)
Bob Kierlin (Winona)
Mike McGinn (Eagan)
Frank Moe (Bemidji)
Bud Nornes (Fergus Falls)
Paul Gazelka (Brainerd)
Greg Blaine (Little Falls)
Rob Eastlund (Isanti)
Bob Gunther (Fairmont)
Jerry Dempsey (Red Wing)
Gene Pelowski (Winona)
Barb Sykora (Excelsior) (Retiring)
Mike Charron (Woodbury)
Paul Koering, R. Fort Ripley, faces a Republican primary. This vote will give more ammunition to his opponent, who is saying it's not just social issues that are motivating him to run. If Senator Day advised Koering to vote for the stadium, he gave Koering very bad advice.
King Banaian comments on Tarryl Clark's vote to sock it to the Hennepin County Taxpayer.
Fiscal conservatives are being taken for a ride. David Strom's wife, Margaret Martin is in denial on this one.
More from Flash on Governor Pawlenty's Priorities:
Governor TPaw is expected to sign the legislation. A bill that carries a tax increase. Yes, we have a Governor who signed a No New Tax Pledge, and the last time he needed money he pulled out his dusty old smoke and mirror tricks and called a tax a fee. Now it is a tax, plain and simple. When City Governments were being stripped of their LGA creating difficult decisions regarding crime and safety, taxes weren't an option. When children were being cut from Minnesota Care, taxes were off the table. While public education is reeling from increased energy costs, transportation expenses, and other uncontrollable budget items, taxes were not in the mix. But when the billionaire businessman wants a new playground for his team, Gov TPaw didn't even blink an eye about taxes.
I like the idea of a new stadium, and I have always said in any negotiations that everything must be on the table to have successful debate. When you limit your options, you limit your strength at the table. Governor Pawlenty has showed his weakness once again. Crumbling before the feet of private interests, at the expense of those who are unable to have expensive lobbyists defend their goals.
Yes, I was in favor of the stadium, but I am still in favor of healthy children, an educated society, and safe streets. What were Governor Pawlenty's priorities?
UPDATE: I've linked the names of the pledge breakers to the information about campaign committees of the candidates and their opponents. I'd encourage readers to find out where the opponents stand on the boondoggle and to consider contributing to the opposition.