“+”= pro-taxpayer vote “–”= anti-taxpayer vote “*”= did not vote
Party/ Dist, Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
6DFL Bakk Thomas M. -------------01849R Benson Michelle R. ++++-+-++++++858561DFLBerglin Linda -----------*-0743DFL Bonoff Terri E. -----+--++-+-312316R Brown David M. ++-+-+-++++++77774R Carlson John ++-+-+-++++++777753R Chamberlain Roger C. ++++-+-++++++858564DFL Cohen Richard J. --------+--+-151021R Dahms Gary H. ++-+-+-++++++777738R
Daley Theodore J. "Ted"
++++-+-++++++858525R DeKruif Al ++++-+-++++++858560DFLDibble Scott -----------+-8914R Fischbach, Michelle L.++-+-+--+++++697212R Gazelka, Paul E. ++++-+-++++++858537R Gerlach Chris ++-+-+-++++++778713R Gimse Joe ++-+-+-++++++775850DFL Goodwin Barb -----------+-8840R Hall, Dan D. ++-+-+-++++++777742R Hann David W. ++++-+-++++++859167DFL Harrington John M. -----+-----+-151558DFL Higgins Linda -----------+-8810R Hoffman Gretchen M. ++++++*++++++929228R Howe John Sterling ++-+-+-++++++777711R Ingebrigtsen Bill ++-+-+-++++++777148R Jungbauer Michael J. -+-+-+-++++++697963DFL Kelash Kenneth S. -------------0219R Koch Amy T. ++-+-+-++++++778547R Kruse Benjamin A. ++-+-+-++++++777720DFL Kubly Gary W. ******-----+-8229DFL Langseth Keith --------+--+-151344DFL Latz Ron -----------+-81556R Lillie Ted H. ++++-+-++++++858532R Limmer Warren ++-+-+-++++++77918DFL Lourey Tony -----------+-8522R Magnus Doug ++-+-+-++++++777754DFL Marty John -------------01866DFL McGuire Mary Jo -----------+*81439DFL Metzen James P. ------*-----*01241R Michel Geoff ++-+-+-++++++777831R Miller Jeremy R. ++-+-+-++++++777730R Nelson Carla J. ++-+-+-++++++777718R Newman Scott J. ++-+-+-++++++777717R Nienow Sean R. ++++-+-++++++857833R Olson Gen ++-+-+-++++++777534R Ortman Julianne E. ++-+-+-++++++778865DFL Pappas Sandra L. ---------+-+-15626R Parry Mike ++-+-+-++++++778315R Pederson John C. ++-+-+-++++++777759DFL Pogemiller Lawrence J. -------------077DFL Reinert Roger J. ---------+-+-151545DFL Rest Ann H. -----+--++-+-312635R Robling Claire A. ++-+-+-++++++777624R Rosen Julie A. ++-+-+-++++++77603DFL Saxhaug Tom --------+--+-151146DFL Scheid Linda ************-01229R Senjem David H. ++-+-+-++++++776923DFL Sheran Kathy -----------+-8857DFL Sieben Katie ************-0122DFL Skoe Rod -------------02027DFL Sparks Dan -----------+-8171DFL Stumpf LeRoy A. --------+-++-231536R Thompson Dave ++++++-++++++92925DFL Tomassoni David J. ---------+--*81462DFL Torres Ray Patricia -----------+-8352R Vandeveer Ray ++++++--+++++858655DFL Wiger Charles W. -----------+-82151R Wolf Pam ++-+-+-++++++7777
2 0 1 1 L I F E
HF=House File / SF=Senate FIle)
1) ACCOUNTABILITY IN EDUCATION
The K-12 funding bill will require school districts to“earn” grant funds through student reading test scores and holds public employeesaccountable by requiring districts to develop and implement a performance-based sys-tem for evaluating school principals. The taxpayer friendly vote was to vote for this bill.
HF26 / SF11)
2) HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ON THE ROAD TO SUSTAINABILITY
The HHS bill pavesthe way for reform of our public health care programs in Minnesota. The legislationcreates significant reforms; including the phase out of the provider tax and adds pro-tections against fraud by strengthening welfare eligibility requirements and placinggreater restrictions on the use of EBT cards. The taxpayer friendly vote was to supportthis bill.
HF25 / SF10)
3) MINNESOTA DOESN’T NEED MORE DEBT
In the final budget agreement Gov. Daytoninsisted on a bonding bill that required the state to borrow half a billion dollars forconstruction projects. The bill is a potpourri of wasteful spending. Adding to the state’sdebt was unnecessary and contributed to more wasteful spending. The taxpayerfriendly vote was to oppose this legislation.
HF23 / SF9)
4) NO TAX INCREASE!
The original tax bill passed by the legislature contained severaltax reductions but Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill. However; the final tax bill did providedirect tax relief to homeowners, farms and small businesses and tax incentives for jobcreation. The taxpayer friendly vote was “yes.”
HF20 / SF8)
5) PENSIONS CREATE TAXPAYER TENSION
For decades, city leaders in Minneapolis haveescalated pension promises without resources to fund the plans. Now, state taxpayershave been asked to come to the rescue. The omnibus pension bill puts the state tax-payers on the hook for Minneapolis’s pension problem. The taxpayer friendly vote wasto oppose this bill. (HF14 / SF7)
6) GOVERNMENT FINANCE BILL STREAMLINES SERVICES
The reforms contained in theomnibus state government finance bill lay the foundation for long-term costs savingsand start to change how state government operates. Reforms include: a pay-for-per-formance pilot project, required performance reviews and a cost-saving reward pro-gram. A vote for this legislation would help reduce the size of government.
HF27 / SF12)
7) ARTS AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT PORK
This bill allocated $449.8 million to pork projects lobbied for by special interests. The Legacy bill included $35.2 million in tax-payer funding for the arts, including funding to ‘overcome barriers to accessing arts’and subsidies for attendance fees for youth to visit art museums. It also includeddozens of other pork laden programs. A vote to oppose this bill was the taxpayerfriendly vote.
HF6 / SF6)
8) HIGHER EDUCATION BILL EARNS PASSING GRADE
The Higher Education bill containsdouble-digit percentage reductions for the state’s public institutions of higher learning. The legislation includes reforms that will require the U of M and State Colleges andUniversities to meet performance benchmarks before they can receive a portion of their funding. A vote in favor of the bill was the taxpayer friendly vote.
HF4 / SF5)
9) A SMART WAY TO SPEND ON NATURAL RESOURCES
The Environment Finance billmade a 16% reduction in forecasted growth without any fee increases. It addressescritical issues including aquatic invasive species and chronic wasting disease, as well asproviding budget flexibility to maintain Minnesota’s strong tradition of outdoor her-itage. A vote for this bill was the taxpayer friendly vote.
HF5 / SF3)
10) JOBS BILL ENDS EARMARKS
This bill accomplished reform in the area of economicdevelopment with the creation of competitive grants rather than the bureaucraticprocess of pass-through grants (legislative earmarking). It also provides funds targetedtoward small businesses for start-up capital. A vote for this bill was the taxpayer friend-ly vote.
HF3 / SF2)
11) DRIVING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT
The transportation bill cut $41 million fromcurrent funding levels and put the brakes on light rail expansion. This bill requires tran-sit corridor development planners to provide the total cost of proposed transit systems,including both capital and long-term operating expenses. The taxpayer friendly vote was ‘yes.”
HF2 / SF4)
12) PUBLIC SAFETY REQUIRES PRISONERS TO PAY
The public safety bill made a 3%reduction from current level spending. It included reforms such as allowing judges toconsider a person’s entire financial status and requiring appropriate payment for courtservices. It also required a co-pay for inmate initiated health care and prioritizing theuse of state funds on state cases over federal cases. The taxpayer friendly vote was tosupport this bill.
HF1 / SF1)
13) FIRST STEP TO A BALANCED BUDGET
The phase one budget bill outlined difficult butnecessary measures to start bridging the state’s budget gap. It would have reducedstate spending by $76.9 million in the current fiscal year and approximately $824.3 mil-lion in 2012-2013. The budget bill passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed by Gov. Dayton. The taxpayer friendly vote was to support this bill.
HF130 / SF60)