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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tax Action Alert from Minnesota Majority!

Jeff Davis from Minnesota Majority has posted an action alert that all taxpayers in the metro area need to read.

It turns out that the tax crazed DFL apparently left a loophole that could allow some of the damage the bastards did to be thwarted if the County Boards can be convinced to look out for the taxpayers.

Below is an excerpt from Jeff's post (but please click the links above and read the whole post as well at the alert):
Minnesota Majority has learned that each of the seven metro County Boards must adopt a formal resolution in order to put the sales tax and vehicle excise tax into effect within their respective counties. This means that should a Board fail to adopt the resolution, the tax increases will not go into effect within that county.
There are not a whole lot of Conservatives in this bunch, but if we make a big enough protest they may get the message and act out of job preservation.

Get out to the Minnesota Majority site for instructions and then start ringing some phones and filling some e-mail boxes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can forget about help from Commisioner Parker. I called her office and the staffer who took my call sounded like she was reading from a prepared statement. The song and dance is that the county "critically" needs the money to fund transit and that if the new taxes are not implemented they will get it from us from even higher property taxes. Another talking point was "fairness" as all people who pay the sales tax increase including non-residents who use county supported transit will "share the burden".

This is another liberal office holder that needs to be booted.

2/29/2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

I think we have our work cut out for us. I have contacted the offices of the Ramsey county commissioners and the enthusiasm to make a firm commitment to stand up for the taxpayers seems tepid at best.

An aide for Commissioner Jan Parker (representing the New Brighton area) told me Parker would probably support the resolution because the county needs a "reliable revenue stream" to support our roads and the alternative would be higher property taxes. This, of course, is pure BS. Not real surprising as Parker is a well known liberal. Like "anonymous" I had the impression that the aide was reading from a script.

I am particularly skeptical about Commissioner Tony Bennett, a long time politician who brashly touts how "Republican" he is. At a GOP event I attended a couple of days ago it seemed to me that he was laying the groundwork for an excuse to support the taxes. I sincerely hope I misinterpreted what he was saying, but was not at all encouraged. Commissioner Bennett has been tagged with the RINO label at times in the past but I hope the derision the six RINOs in the House brought down on themselves will convince him to get with the real Republican program. I left a voicemail urging him to stand up for the taxpayers. It will be interesting to see how he votes...

Aides for the other Ramsey County Commisioners that I spoke with would not make a statement on how their boss was going to vote and directed me to their voicemail where I left messages urging a no-ratification vote.

3/01/2008 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Bennett has already told many people that he is voting for the tax increase. It is sad that the most "Republican" member on that board is a Democrat--Janice Rettman.

3/05/2008 7:16 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

That's the impression I got listening to Commissioner Bennett last week. In the group setting with many real Republicans in the area he wouldn't flat out say he would vote for the tax, but it sure sounded to me like he was preparing his alibi for when he does it.

Bennett gets all upset when you call him a RINO but he has more than earned the moniker in the past with his propensity to promote big government, especially on "transit" issues. Maybe he had a deprived childhood and Santa never brought him the Lionel Silver Streak he wanted.

Bennett also can be very condescending toward Conservatives and it makes me angry as he has been known to behind the scenes question the "Republicanism" of some who have been more Republican in the last 10 minutes than he has, as he always likes to tell people ad nauseum, since 1966.

The man is a textbook example of a politician, as opposed to a public servant or statesman, who has gotten far too comfortable in his cushy little public financed bureaucratic job and as such needs to go.

3/06/2008 8:22 AM  

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