Get The Facts On Dayton’s False Claims In Second Debate

Minneapolis, Minn. – Governor Dayton again misled Minnesotans during the second debate. Get the facts on Governor Dayton’s record below.

“Governor Dayton is hurting farmers in Greater Minnesota by delaying the Sandpiper Pipeline, increasing property taxes and signing a bill that contained a farm equipment tax that completely stunned Minnesota’s farmers,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “Governor Dayton bizarrely claimed underemployment wasn’t an issue after expressing his deep concerns about it as recently as last year. Minnesota is 41st when it comes to private sector job growth. But Governor Dayton’s only plan is to raise taxes again, further burdening folks in Greater Minnesota and killing private sector job growth. Minnesotans deserve better from their governor and that’s why Minnesotans will elect Jeff Johnson on November 4.”

Facts on Governor Dayton’s Record in Greater Minnesota:

Mark Dayton is killing jobs in Minnesota and hurting farmers. “Minnesota regulators on Thursday ordered a broader search for the best pathway to build a major new crude oil pipeline across the state. The 3-2 decision by the state Public Utilities Commission was a setback for Enbridge Energy, which wants to build the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota to carry North Dakota oil to a terminal in Superior, Wis., that feeds refineries across the Midwest.”

(David Shaffer, Minnesota regulators want broader look at pipeline route, Star Tribune, September 11, 2014)

“Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting” “The study — by Edward Usset of the U’s Center for Farm Financial Management — estimated the rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million in lower prices from March to May, an average loss of 30 cents per bushel. He put the revenue losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers, or 40.5 cents per bushel, and $8.5 million for wheat growers, or 41 cents per bushel.”

(Steve Karnowski, Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting, Pioneer Press, July 10, 2014)

Property taxes could increase by $238 million. “Statewide, property taxes are projected to increase by $238 million, or 2.8%, according to the simulation. Approximately $99 million in property taxes falls on new construction – property that will appear on the tax rolls for the first time in 2015, so that the net impact on existing properties is an increase of $139 million. The overall tax increases are projected to be 3.3% in Greater Minnesota and 2.4% in the Metro area.”
(Steve Hinz, House Research Simulation Report: Property Tax, House Research, July 10, 2014)

Mark Dayton burdened farmers with farm equipment tax. “‘They don’t like it, and I don’t blame them,’ Will said. ‘If you have a $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 repair bill, this amounts to a lot of money.’”
(“Minn. farm equipment repair tax faces wide disdain,” AP, August 19, 2013)

Minnesota ranks 41st in private sector job growth. “According to the new data, which everyone agrees is more reliable than the monthly numbers, Minnesota ranked 41st in the nation in private sector job growth from March 2013 to March 2014, with a growth rate of 0.8 percent.”
(Adam Belz, “New data ranks Minnesota last in Midwest in private sector job creation”, Star Tribune, September 26, 2014)

“49 percent of this state’s working adults are underemployed.” “Median income: Minnesota’s median household income was also $6,000 less in 2012 than it was at its peak in 1999…Underemployment: three out of five Minnesotans with bachelor’s degrees hold jobs that don’t require one. Some of them undoubtedly love what they do. But that stat still sounds to me like a lot of unfulfilled dreams — and like an economy that’s not healthy…49 percent of this state’s working adults are underemployed — that is, working at jobs for which they are overqualified, and presumably earning smaller paychecks than they once expected.”
(Lori Sturdevant, “Minnesotans are on the job, but overqualified for what’s available,” Star Tribune, April 4, 2014)


Upcoming Meeting: October 7th

The next meeting of the Douglas County Republicans is Tuesday, October 7th, at 6:30pm, at the Victory Center, which is behind Cherry Street Books. The address is 140 · 5th Ave E, in Alexandria. There are a limited number of chairs there, so we’ll need a few extra folding chairs if some of you can bring them. Since we won’t be at Broadway Ballroom, we will not be serving food.

There are just 5 weeks until election!


ALEXANDRIA – State Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) received the endorsement of the nation’s foremost Second Amendment advocacy group – the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund – in her bid for re-election.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of America’s leading Second Amendment rights group,” said Franson. “During my time in the legislature I have been a stalwart supporter of the Second Amendment. I look forward to contrasting my record on gun rights during this campaign with those want to impose gun control on law abiding citizens.”

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced their endorsement of Franson’s campaign on September 26


Without Franken We Wouldn’t Have Obamacare

Al Franken was the decisive vote for Obamacare, and is responsible for the mess we are in.

With the recent news of insurance company PreferredOne leaving MNsure, 24,000 Minnesotans are left to find new health insurance on the glitch-ridden Obamacare exchange, further burdening Minnesotans.

When Al Franken ushered in Obamacare to Minnesota 140,000 Minnesotans lost their insurance and now thousands of Minnesotans will likely be faced with the unexpected costs that come with higher premiums.

If you want healthcare solutions that work, retire Al Franken this November!


Prepared and Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota; Keith Downey, Chair; Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee