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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Governor Pawlenty Wants Mall Swindle Refined

Strib:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is withholding outright endorsement of state-authorized public subsidies for a Mall of America expansion, saying he wants to see the plan refined.

The megamall proposal is gaining steam at the Capitol after all four leaders of the Legislature said Tuesday they will work to get a package passed.

The $2.1 billion project carries an expectation of $371 million in public financial help.


Well yes of course it does...

The mall's owner is seeking to divert property tax dollars generated
from the expansion to pay for a parking ramp. Lawmakers are also being asked to allow Bloomington to raise sales, food and lodging taxes for the project.

But Pawlenty isn't sold on the property tax diversion and says it needs to be examined more closely.

He says it could lead to a parade of real-estate developers seeking similar treatment for their projects, such as a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Well duh.... Here's my question - will the Taxpayer's League put out a hit piece on Marty Seifert, the way they did on the "Override 6"?

If I want to get my roof redone, that's a small scale jobs program - can I get the same deal - that my property taxes could get diverted to pay for the roof?

Call Governor Pawlenty at 651-291-3391, and thank him, and tell him to stand firm on this nonsense.

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