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New economic report for MN

Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

A column I submitted to newspapers throughout the district this week addressed, among other things, the new state economic forecast we received.

The new report is the latest to show revenue above previous projections, extending a run of positive reports which started in Nov. of 2011. This is good news, but we need to be cautious as we examine what to do with this “found” money.

I support using part of the surplus revenue to repeal some of the new taxes Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats passed earlier this year. I oppose applying it to added state spending at this time, especially if it commits us to spending into the future.

At any rate, we need to hold tight until the February forecast is issued with a new set of complete numbers. A lot could change between now and then and the report itself indicated there is volatility in tax increases.

Here is a link to my column, with more details and my thoughts on the matter. Also, here is a link to the complete economic report from Minnesota Management & Budget. I will keep you in the loop as things develop.

Sincerely,

Paul

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Can You Believe This?

Friend,

Can you believe this? Just six months ago, Governor Dayton signed into law the creation of MNSure, Minnesota’s implementation of Obamacare. He was among the first of several Democrat governors to fall in lockstep with President Obama.

Apparently, our Governor didn’t read the bill.
 
Now Dayton says the program isn’t working and the number of Minnesotans adversely affected by the federal law is “staggering.”

  • After spending more than $150 million of YOUR money, not a single Minnesotan has been able to complete the enrollment process and pay for new coverage.
  • At least 140,000 Minnesotans have received letters from their current insurers informing them their plans will be discontinued.
  • As many as 1 in 20 Minnesotans will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, and forced into more expensive policies that cover services they don’t need.

When asked about a 56 year old man being required to purchase maternity care, Dayton replied, “it defies common sense.”
 
Attempting to distance himself from a president whose approval numbers are tanking, Dayton told reporters that he has little influence as governor, but, he said, “the president promised that if people like their current policy, they could keep it.”
 
Little influence? Perhaps Governor Dayton should take another look at his job description. He didn’t have to sign MNSure into law forcing millions of Minnesotans to change their health care coverage.

Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. Not one. Governor Dayton brought Obamacare to Minnesota and he needs to take responsibility for the results of implementing the federal program through MNSure.
~ Republican Party of Minnesota

Republican Party of Minnesota Launches TruthMatters Website

Site will highlight broken promises, lies and insults of the Democratic Party and its allies

The Republican Party of Minnesota today launched a new website tool to hold Democrats accountable to the truth heading into the 2014 election. The website, called TruthMattersMN.org, will focus on the broken promises, lies and insults of the Democrats and their allies both in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C.

“While a rigorous debate is part of our healthy democracy, the truth still matters,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “This website will hold our friends on the other side accountable for the claims they make in the public square.”

In launching the new website, Downey highlighted several posts featuring Governor Mark Dayton including his broken promise that electronic pull-tab money would pay for the Vikings stadium and a recent lie about the Democrats taking credit for paying back the K-12 education shift. The site also features a lie from Senator Al Franken regarding his vote in favor of the medical device tax that is damaging Minnesota companies.

Downey said the focus on insults is an attempt to call out the DFL Party and organizations like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota when they resort to name calling and bring down the level of debate.

“There’s a belief in politics that if you repeat something long enough, it becomes fact. We’re not going to let untrue statements about our candidates and beliefs go unanswered in the 2014 election. And we’re going to remind voters of the promises made by candidates like Mark Dayton and Al Franken during their campaigns for office.”

The TruthMatters website can be found at www.TruthMattersMN.org. A Twitter account has also been set up at www.twitter.com/TruthMattersMN.

~30~

Remove the F from DFL

Democrats too often using farmers as political pawns

This week at Minnesota’s Farm Fest, what Democrats supposedly claim is agriculture policy all too often turns out to be nothing more than a puppet for pushing their big government agenda.

Democrats use farmers as pawns to save vote-buying welfare handout programs.

Democrats in Washington are using Minnesota farmers as pawns for big government welfare programs. At first, Democrats supported a new farm bill, but when they didn’t get their welfare programs customized to their liking they voted against the farm bill. Why can’t they split the two issues into two separate bills?

Minnesota Democrats woo farmers despite turning their backs on them repeatedly

If you’re more successful on your farm, chances are Gov. Dayton thinks you’re rich and will increase your state taxes by 25%. Dayton also taxes farm machinery repairs, and warehouse and storage fees that increase farming costs. Passing down the family farm to your kids will be taxed more under Dayton’s new inheritance rules. And 70% of the Democrats’ property tax program went to the metro area. The kicker, your 2nd amendment rights, family values and the essence of rural life are being attacked by liberal elites.

Democrats are ratcheting up a socialist agenda that is bad for farmers

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison recently said “there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.” Ellison’s socialism is bad for farmers. When it’s no longer who’s the best farmer, but who’s the most connected to the politicians, the average Minnesota farmer gets left behind. And remember, the collectivists in 1917 came for farm production first.

Democrats in St. Paul clearly showed their priorities when they placed the legislature’s Agriculture Committee as a sub-committee under the Environment Committee. They wanted Minneapolis liberals setting Agriculture policy and budgets.

It is time for Minnesota Democrats to be honest, remove the F from DFL, and work with Republicans to give farmers policies that work.

Prepared and paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota,

Keith Downey, Chair

Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate’s Committee