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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mall of America House Omnibus Discussions Coming Up Monday and Tuesday

Senator John Marty has an article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet about this boondoggle. It's well worth reading.

"Shopping mall parking ramp to get public money?"

Erik Paulsen is on the house tax committee, it will be interesting to see how he votes. Laura Brod, who signed the taxpayer league no new taxes pledge, but voted for the stadium swindle is also on this committee. Minneapolis Representatives and Senators include:

Scott Dibble
Jim Davne
Joe Mullery

Here's a list of house tax email addresses that you can paste into an email:

rep.ann.lenczewski@house.mn,
rep.sandy.wollschlager@house.mn,
rep.dean.simpson@house.mn,
rep.joe.atkins@house.mn,
rep.laura.brod@house.mn,
rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn,
rep.jim.davnie@house.mn,
rep.chris.delaforest@house.mn,
rep.david.dill@house.mn,
rep.ron.erhardt@house.mn,
rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn,
rep.mike.jaros@house.mn,
rep.lyle.koenen@house.mn,
rep.paul.kohls@house.mn,
rep.morrie.lanning@house.mn,
rep.john.lesch@house.mn,
rep.tina.liebling@house.mn,
rep.paul.marquart@house.mn,
rep.joe.mullery@house.mn,
rep.erik.paulsen@house.mn,
rep.tom.rukavina@house.mn,
rep.loren.solberg@house.mn,
rep.cy.thao@house.mn,
rep.tom.tillberry@house.mn,
rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn

From the Minneapolis Issues list.

Minneapolis has an official position on the MOA proposal...it is strongly opposed.

During a 5-hour televised hearing last week supporters had +20 testifiers (mall management, construction trades, hotel service workers, mayor of Bloomington). Opposition included the City of Mpls., Downtown Council, etc.

I am new to the state funding mechanisms so if I 'got it wrong'...please jump in.

Opposition considers it an improper use of Fiscal Disparities Funding and the possibility of a MOA theater would negatively impact our downtown theater district (which, according to our Mpls lobbyist, was built without using large public subsidies) . While not opposing MOA expansion, Mpls feels that use of the funding mechanisms (TIF changes and use of FDF) for a private venture forces non- MOA residents to subsidize their competiton. Downtown Council Exec (Grabarski?) gave examples of how this expansion could be done without the subsidy. One was charging for parking...the MOA is strongly opposed to doing that.

The Chair of the Tax committee (who reps Bloomington and opposes this proposal) presented pages upon pages of computer runs demonstrating the effect on ALL of Minnesota. One committee member said the one thing he had learned is that tinkering with one funding mechanism buldged out some where else.

Those feeling a disproportionate negative impact would be rural areas, small towns, schools and counties. One change could also affect non-MOA twin city suburbs.

These particular Tif changes can decrease LGA forcing local government units to raise property taxes. Use of FDF changes tax capacity and, if the Mall is exempted, the pool shrinks, again affecting everyone's LGA (and property taxes). The Chair said FDF was is not intended to be a private subsidy but a sharing tool spread among disparate tax bases.

There is a fear that approving the MOA proposal would create a precedent...with others coming to the legislature. The chair said that there are groups waiting to see how the MOA plays out so they can submit their projects. Comments were also made about the philosophy of these mechanisms...Perpich era, JOBZ... Also a legal question on what's included in a Tif district and an entity (Bloomington) would have 2 rates...and changes would be challenging as no one actually lives at the MOA.

Committee members asked other questions...how many real living wage jobs would be created, what's included in compliance, impact on construction jobs....it was a long, complicated (at least for me) session but fascinating. It might be in the legislature's webcast archives but I haven't checked.

with best wishes,
cheryl luger
nokomis east


From a reader:

HOUSE Omnibus discussions coming up on Monday and Tuesday.

This is the house tax commitee next week (omnibus). People need to check with the tax comm for updates/changes. No Agendas have been posted listing specific bills. Found out you can hang around for floor sessions that don't end until 8:30 pm or later.

_______________________________________________________
MONDAY, April 28, 2008
9:00 AM
Meeting Time Note: The committee will recess for the floor session
Committee: Taxes
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Ann Lenczewski
Agenda: Omnibus Tax Bill

MONDAY, April 28, 2008
12:30 PM
THE HOUSE MEETS IN SESSION

TUESDAY, April 29, 2008
9:00 AM
Meeting Time Note: The committee will recess for the floor session
Committee: Taxes
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Ann Lenczewski
Agenda: Omnibus Tax Bill

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3) here are tax committee numbers. People contacting legislators need to remember Civility is very important.

a) House tax members:

Phone Number
(651) area code E-mail Address
Chair: Ann Lenczewski (DFL) 296-4218 rep.ann.lenczewski@house.mn
Vice Chair: Sandy Wollschlager (DFL) 296-8635 rep.sandy.wollschlager@house.mn
Lead-GOP: Dean Simpson (R) 296-4293 rep.dean.simpson@house.mn
Joe Atkins (DFL) 296-4192 rep.joe.atkins@house.mn
Laura Brod (R) 296-4229 rep.laura.brod@house.mn
Lyndon Carlson (DFL) 296-4255 rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn
Jim Davnie (DFL) 296-0173 rep.jim.davnie@house.mn
Chris DeLaForest (R) 296-4231 rep.chris.delaforest@house.mn
Randy Demmer (R) 296-9236 rep.randy.demmer@house.mn
David Dill (DFL) 296-2190 rep.david.dill@house.mn
Ron Erhardt (R) 296-4363 rep.ron.erhardt@house.mn
Debra Hilstrom (DFL) 296-3709 rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn
Mike Jaros (DFL) 296-4246 rep.mike.jaros@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
Tina Liebling (DFL) 296-0573 rep.tina.liebling@house.mn
Paul Marquart (DFL) 296-6829 rep.paul.marquart@house.mn
Joe Mullery (DFL) 296-4262 rep.joe.mullery@house.mn
Erik Paulsen (R) 296-7449 rep.erik.paulsen@house.mn
Tom Rukavina (DFL) 296-0170 rep.tom.rukavina@house.mn
Loren Solberg (DFL) 296-2365 rep.loren.solberg@house.mn
Cy Thao (DFL) 296-5158 rep.cy.thao@house.mn
Tom Tillberry (DFL) 296-5510 rep.tom.tillberry@house.mn
Kurt Zellers (R) 296-5502 rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn

Links on a Senator's name leads to their biography
Number of Members: 13
Chair: Thomas M. Bakk
Vice Chair: Dan Larson
Ranking Minority Member: Julianne E. Ortman
Member: D. Scott Dibble
Debbie J. Johnson
Keith Langseth
Warren Limmer
John Marty
Mee Moua
Lawrence J. Pogemiller
David H. Senjem
Katie Sieben

Rod Skoe


Is it time for them to go home yet? As a property taxpayer in Minneapolis, I feel safer when they aren't in session.

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