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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

Dayton’s Shell Game Sends Mixed Signals On Middle Class Taxes

Minnesotans beware.

Governor Mark Dayton has been very clear on where he stands with raising taxes on businesses and “the rich” – yes you.

It’s much harder to figure out where Governor Dayton and the Democrats are coming from on the issue of taxes and the middle class.

They held a press conference this week touting new projections that property taxes would actually decrease in 2014. Keep your eye on those projections, by the way – they come from the same agency that predicted e-pull tabs would finance the new Vikings stadium.

So the Governor says low property taxes are a good thing for hard-working Minnesotans. We agree. But he had to raise over $2 billion in new taxes and fees, much of them on the middle class and even poor Minnesotans, to pay for lots of things including his supposed $121 million property tax reduction.

So which is it? Are higher taxes good or bad for the middle class?

Perhaps Minnesota families can use their projected property tax savings, if it ever materializes, to pay for all of the other cost increases they will experience because of the Dayton/DFL 2013 budget:

•Higher energy bills.

•Fewer choices and higher costs for childcare under forced unionization of childcare.

•Higher premiums, higher co-pays, higher prescription drug prices and even fewer hours at work because of the healthcare exchange legislation.

•New tobacco taxes.

•Higher costs to download music and other files from the Internet.

•Higher costs for car rentals.

Each day it becomes more apparent – Republicans stood against wasteful government spending and for an economic recovery that would continue producing middle class jobs, and what Mark Dayton and the Democrats really wanted was bigger government and more spending.

Yes Minnesotans, beware. Despite their spin, the Democrat’s all-tax-increases budget taxes everyone. And raising taxes in one area to supposedly reduce taxes in another is more than a gimmick, it’s a shell game. Make sure you are watching their other hand.

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

The Evidence is Clear: Republican Approach to State Budget Worked for All Minnesotans

State budget surpluses, schools paid back, more people working, consumer confidence on the rise – our first reaction is to thank everyday Minnesotans for hanging in there during the recession and working hard to dig Minnesota out.

Our recovery may be modest by historical standards, and we still suffer from misguided federal economic and monetary policies, but Minnesota is in a stronger position than most states.
It also serves as a reminder that the dire predictions from Democrats about the past two-year Republican budget were wrong.

State budgets don’t unilaterally control our state economy, businesses and workers do, but what more evidence is needed to declare the Republican approach to budgeting in 2011 a complete success?

“If we control state spending and taxes, the economy can improve and so will the health of our budget.”

“Republicans said in 2011 if we control state spending and taxes, the economy can improve and so will the health of our budget,” said Keith Downey, Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “With the books now closed on the 2011 Republican budget, it is clear our approach worked for the hard working taxpayers and families of Minnesota.”

Here are Four Indisputable Truths Regarding the 2011 Budget:

1. The final quarter that just ended $463 million in the black was the result of Republicans holding the line on taxes in 2011. It had nothing to do with the 2013 Dayton/DFL budget passed in May that just started on July 1st. In fact, Governor Dayton has made a very concerted effort to distance himself from the 2011 budget and the Republican approach. Starting with his inaugural address in January 2011:

“To those who sincerely believe the state budget can be balanced with no tax increase – including no forced property tax increase – I say, if you can do so without destroying our schools, hospitals, and public safety, please send me your bill, so I can sign it immediately.”

And how many times have we heard him say “I agreed to it, not with it” when referencing the 2011 budget? The jury is in and Governor Dayton has been proven wrong.

2. The surplus from the 2011 Republican budget has paid back the school shift through current law, not because of anything the DFL did in the 2013 session. Paying back the schools has always been the first priority under law for any budget surplus and it’s no different this time. Without the strong performance of the state’s economy under the 2011 Republican budget, schools would still be owed over $2 billion. The only contribution made by the Democrats in 2013 was to get the Republican windfall to schools a few months early.

3. The DFL budget just passed continues the school shift at over $400 million. After using their supposed opposition to the gimmick of a K-12 shift to win the 2012 legislative elections, Gov. Dayton and Democratic legislators continued the shift in 2013 despite raising taxes over $2.1 billion. Thanks to the surpluses of the previous Republican budget, the vast majority of the shift has now been paid back, yet the DFL need for spending required them to utilize another round of borrowing from the schools! Governor Dayton continues to deny this fact, repeating at his press conference this week that his budget had “no shifts, no gimmicks, no games.”

4. People change behavior when their taxes go up. Look no further than the Minnesota Management and Budget office’s report this week for evidence of this fact:

“But much of the observed increase is believed to be attributable to high income taxpayers choosing to move even more income into 2012 than was projected in February’s forecast.”

This is an ominous fact for the future of Governor Dayton’s 2013 budget which raised taxes over $2.1 billion. The success of his budget relies on these same taxpayers not making any changes to their behavior despite the increase in their tax burden. The threat of higher taxes resulted in significant behavior changes, the reality of higher taxes will do the same.

“The 2011 Republican approach to the state budget turned the state’s finances around and put Minnesotans back to work,” added Downey. “I hope for the sake of our state, the Dayton/Democratic 2013 approach does not ruin this positive momentum.”

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Prepared and paid for by Republican Party of Minnesota, Keith Downey, Chair
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Al Franken News


July 1, 2013

Al Franken’s Inaction Causes Student Loan Interest Rates to Double Today

It’s July 1st and Minnesota students woke up to see that college just got even more expensive. College is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the average Minnesotan, and thanks to the inaction of Sen. Al Franken and the U.S. Senate, student loan interest rates will double today, from 3.4% to 6.8%.

Democrats passed legislation six years ago to double student loan interest rates starting in 2012. Al Franken then joined in voting last year to set the doubling to occur on July 1, 2013. That day has arrived.

The issue highlights the stark contrast between the action of Rep. John Kline and the inaction of Sen. Al Franken. Kline recognized the impending deadline, crafted a bi-partisan solution and passed it through his committee and the full U.S. House of Representatives. Franken, in spite of his seat on the Senate Education Committee, failed to even propose a solution to the Senate, in the end offering a last-minute poorly prepared deadline extension with no chance of passing.

“Congressman Kline worked hard the past year to successfully pass a bipartisan solution in the House, consistent with President Obama’s plan, tying student loan interest rates to the market, with a cap,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “Yet Al Franken rejects this bipartisan solution at the last minute, and four days before the deadline introduces a bill to kick the can down the road, knowing full well it can’t possibly pass in time and that inaction will double the rates today.”

The Republican Party of Minnesota has four questions for Sen. Al Franken regarding Student Loan Rates

1.Why don’t you support the plan put forward by Congressman John Kline and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately lower college loan rates?
2.Do you disagree with President Obama that loan rates should no longer be set by politicians and should instead be connected to a market-based interest rate?
3.Do you really think proposing a bill two days before the deadline to put this problem off for another year is the responsible approach?
4.You have been on the Senate Education Committee for five years – why was that not enough time to come up with a permanent solution?

We are told we should re-elect Sen. Franken because he has “kept his head down” for five years, but college students and their hard-working Minnesota families need two hard-working Senators in Washington D.C.

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Prepared and paid for by Republican Party of Minnesota, Keith Downey, Chair
Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate’s Committee