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Monday, May 08, 2006

The Not Very Republican Rep Neil Peterson

At the Sun Sailer here:

To the editor:

It is indeed ironic that Neil Peterson was one of the few Hennepin County representatives voting to allow a Hennepin County to raise sales taxes without referendum.

Neil seeks the endorsement of the Republican Party - a party with a platform that speaks of prudent spending and fair taxation.

So far, Neil has voted to raise gas taxes when the cost per gallon is at a near-record high and to allow "reverse wealth distribution" by taking money from the masses to build a sports palace owned by a billionaire

Last year, Neil said "Hennepin County has the financial muscle to fund the stadium."

Perhaps the taxpayers of this county and the state are tired of exercising their financial muscles to fund government entitlements and that includes subsiding what is essentially an entertainment venue for a sports team.

Now it appears that lobbying and public relations muscle of the Minnesota Twins has worn down the opposition and Hennepin County will be on the hook for $1 billion over the next 30 years.

I believe government should not exist to serve professional sports teams. For the past 11 years, the Twins have asked the state for aid to build a stadium. The people said no. The Twins have threatened to leave the state. They are still here playing in another publicly financed stadium.

If you believe the people of Hennepin County want to fund a new stadium, what is the harm a referendum to let those who are most impacted by this vote on it?

Mark S. Stoltz