CITIZENS REPORT

A C|||zers' 0u|de |o |oW |re V|rreso|a 3|a|e 0overrrer|
3perds Your Tax 0o||ars ard |oW LaWra|ers vo|ed or
Tax ard 3perd|rg lssues
Including the:
2000 TAXPAYERS SCORECARD
2000 CITIZENS BUDGET
Published by:
THE TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA
Published by:
T¬E TAXFAYEFG LEACLE FCLMLATlCM
www.taxpayersleague.org
1} 8oc|e| 8ecur|ty Lockbox [Ro|| 6e|| 170} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o requ|re a
superrajor||y |o pass ary |eg|s|a||or |ra| Wou|d use
3oc|a| 3ecur||y or Ved|care |rus| lurd do||ars |o pay
lor ary o|rer goverrrer| prograr.
2} $778 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 08ê} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |r|s oudge| reso|u||or
Wr|cr ca||ed lor a |ax cu| pac|age |o|a|||rg SZZ8
o||||or over 10 years.
3} $7ê8 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| Vote 081} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |re oudge|
reso|u||or Wr|cr cu| |axes oy SZê8 o||||or over 10
year s.
4} $792 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 2ê1} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |re corlererce repor|
Wr|cr ca||ed lor SZ92 o||||or |r |ax cu|s, |rc|ud|rg ar
e||r|ra||or ol |re rarr|age pera||y ard |re dea|r |ax.
5} $147 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 079} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |re oudge| lrareWor|
Wr|cr |rc|uded S11Z o||||or |r |ax cu|s over 5 years.
ê} $150 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 085} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |re corlererce oudge|
lrareWor| Wr|cr |rc|uded S150 o||||or |r |ax cu|s over
5 years.
7} A|en 0reenspen 6onf|rmet|on [Ro|| 6e|| 00ê} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o recorl|rr A|ar 0reerspar
as Cra|rrar ol |re Federa| Reserve 8oard.
8} E||m|nete the Herr|ege Pene|ty [Ro|| 6e|| 215} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o e||r|ra|e |re rarr|age
pera||y |ax, Wr|cr car cos| a rarr|ed coup|e ar
average ol S1100 a year |r ex|ra |axes.
9} Repee| the 0eeth Tex [Ro|| 6e|| 197} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o e||r|ra|e |re es|a|e |ax.
10} Reject e Tobecco Tex |ncreese [Ro|| 6e|| 07ê} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o rejec| a reasure Wr|cr
Wou|d rave |ed |o ar |rcrease |r |axes or |ooacco.
11} L| ft the 8oc| e| 8ecur| ty Eern| ngs L| m| t.
[Ro| | 6e| | 042} Tre |axpayer lr| erd| y vo|e Was
|o ||l| |re soc|a| secur||y earr|rgs ||r|| so rore
ser|ors car |eep rore ol Wra| |rey earr.
About the TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA
“The Taxpayers League’s mission is to represent Minnesotans who believe in limited government, low taxation,
local control, free enterprise, and the Constitutional principles set down by our nation’s founders. The Taxpayers
League is fighting to reduce and reform taxation and eliminate government waste. It serves as a strong voice for all
taxpaying citizens in Minnesota.”
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is a nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayers advocacy organization. It lobbies for lower
taxes and limited government for all taxpaying Minnesotans.
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U.S. Senate Votes
U.8. Representet|ve 1 2 3 4 5 ê 7 8 9 10 11 8core
0|| 0utknecht [R-1st} + + + + + + - + + + + 917
0ev|d H|nge [0-2nd} - - - + - - + + - - - 277
J|m Remsted [R-3rd} + + + + + + + + + + + 1007
8ruce Vento [0-4th} ¯ - ¯ - - - ¯ ¯ ¯ - - NR
Hert|n 8ebo [0-5th} - - - - - - - + - - - 97
8||| Luther [0-êth} - - - - - + + + + - - 3ê7
6o|||n Peterson [0-7th} - - + + - - + + - - - 3ê7
Jemes 0berster [0-8th} - - - - - - + + - - - 187
U.S. House of Representatives Votes
U.8. 8enetor 1 2 3 4 5 ê 7 8 9 10 11 8core
Rod 0rems [R} + + + + + + + + + + + 100%
Peu| we||stone [0} – – – – – – – – – – + 9%
Michael Wigley, Chairman, Taxpayers League of Minnesota
1} E||m|nete the Herr|ege Pene|ty [Ro|| 6e|| 392} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o e||r|ra|e |re rarr|age
pera||y |ax, Wr|cr car cos| a rarr|ed coup|e ar
average ol S1100 a year |r ex|ra |axes.
2} 107 |ncome Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 333} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o cu| |rcore |axes oy 10º over
|re rex| 10 years.
3} Repee| the 0eeth Tex [Ro|| 6e|| 254} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o e||r|ra|e |re es|a|e |ax.
4} 8crep the Tex 6ode [Ro|| 6e|| 127) Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o scrap |re currer| |ax code oy
2005, ard deve|op a reW ard la|rer |ax code.
5} 8upermejor|ty to Re|se Texes [Ro|| 6e|| 119} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve a cors|||u||ora|
arerdrer| requ|r|rg a 2/3rds vo|e |o ra|se |axes.
ê} |nternet Tex Horetor|um [Ro|| 6e|| 159} Tre
|axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o ex|erd |re currer| oar
or reW s|a|e ard |oca| |axes or access |o |re |r|erre|
lor aro|rer l|ve years.
7} |ncreese |RA L|m|ts [Ro|| 6e|| 412} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o ra|se |re cor|r|ou||or ||r||s or
lRAs lror S2000 |o S5000, ard |rcrease ||r||s or
cor|r|ou||ors |o 101| p|ars.
8} L|ft the 8oc|e| 8ecur|ty Eern|ngs L|m|t [Ro|| 6e||
027} Tre |axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o ||l| |re soc|a|
secur||y earr|rgs ||r|| so rore ser|ors car |eep rore
ol Wra| |rey earr.
9} Reduce Texes on 8oc|e| 8ecur|ty 8enef|ts [Ro||
6e|| 450} Tre |axpayer lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o reduce
|axes or 3oc|a| 3ecur||y oerel||s.
10} hee|th 6ere Tex 6uts [Ro|| 6e|| 485} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o es|ao||sr |ax exerp| accour|s lor
red|ca| experses ard lu|| deduc||o||||y ol |rsurarce
payrer|s lor |re se|l-erp|oyed.
11} $792 8||||on Tex 6ut [Ro|| 6e|| 379} Tre |axpayer
lr|erd|y vo|e Was |o approve |re corlererce repor|
Wr|cr ca||ed lor SZ92 o||||or |r |ax cu|s, |rc|ud|rg ar
e||r|ra||or ol |re rarr|age pera||y ard |re dea|r |ax.
LEGEND: + =Taxpayer Friendly Vote - =Taxpayer Unfriendly Vote
United States Congress Scorecard - 106th Congress 1999-2000
E||en Anderson 0êê - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + 7 8
w||||em 8e|enger Jr. R41 + + + + - + + - - - - + - - + 53 êê
6her|es 8erg | 13 + + + + - - + - - - - + - + - 47 38
L|nde 8erg||n 0ê1 - - - - - - - - ¯ - - - - - - 0 4
0on 8etzo|d 048 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 9
R|cherd 6ohen 0ê4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 11
0|ck 0ey R28 + + + + + + + + - - - + - + - ê7 82
8teve 0|||e R20 + + + + - + + - - - - + - + - 53 53
H|che||e F|schbech R14 + + + + + + + + - - - + - + - ê7 83
6ero| F|ynn 0ê2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ¯ 0 0
Leo Fo|ey 049 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 5
0enn|s Freder|ckson R23 - + + + - + + + - - - + - + - 53 ê4
Peu|e henson 050 ¯ - - - ¯ - - - - - - - - + - 8 28
L|nde h|gg|ns 058 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4
John hott|nger 024 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 2
Jerry Jenez|ch 05 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 5
0eve Johnson 040 - + - - - - - - - - - ¯ - - - 7 20
0een Johnson 015 ¯ - ¯ ¯ ¯ - ¯ - - - - - - + - 10 48
0oug|es Johnson 0ê - - - - + - - - - - - - - - - 7 ê
Ember R. Junge 04ê ¯ - ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ - - - - - - ¯ - 0 9
8teve Ke||ey 044 - - - - - - - - - - + - - - - 7 8
Rendy Ke||y 0ê7 ¯ ¯ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 8
8ob K|er||n R32 + + + + - + + + - - - + - + ¯ ê4 71
Tony K|nke| 04 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 ê
8he||e K|sceden R30 + + + + - + + + - - - + - - - 53 ê0
0eve K|e|s R1ê + + + + + + + + - - - + - + - ê7 82
0ev|d Knutson R3ê + + + + + + + + - - - + - - - ê0 75
Jene Krentz 051 - - - - + - - - - - ¯ + - - - 14 25
Sery Le|d|g R5ê ¯ + + + + + + + - - - + - - + ê4 ê7
Ke|th Lengseth 09 - - + - - - - - - - - - - + - 13 9
6e| Lerson R10 + + + + + + + + - - - + - + ¯ 71 75
Ar|ene Lesewsk| R21 + + + + - + + + - - - + - + - ê0 77
8ob Lesserd 03 - + - - - - + - - - - - ¯ ¯ - 15 17
werren L|mmer R33 + + + + + + + + - + + + + + - 87 91
8ecky Lourey 08 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4
John Herty 054 - - - - - - - - + - - + - + + 27 20
Jemes Hetzen 039 - - - - + - - - - - - - - - - 7 1ê
Roger Hoe 02 - - - - ¯ - - - - - - - - ¯ - 0 5
8teve Hurphy 029 - - - - - - - - - - - - - ¯ - 0 0
Thomes Neuv|||e R25 - + + + + + + + - + - + - + - ê7 83
8teven Novek 052 - - - - + - - - - ¯ - ¯ - - - 8 9
Edwerd 0||ver R43 + + + + + + + + - - - ¯ - - + ê4 82
Sen 0|son R34 ¯ + + + + + + + - ¯ - + - + - ê9 84
Herk 0urede R19 + + + + + + + - - + - + - + - ê7 75
8endre Peppes 0ê5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 3
Pet Per|seeu R37 + + + + + + + + - - - + - + - ê7 84
Pet P|per 027 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 9
Lerry Pogem|||er 059 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 5
Leonerd Pr|ce 057 - - - - ¯ - - - - - - - - - - 0 7
Jene Renum 0ê3 - - - - - - - - - ¯ - - - - - 0 7
Twy|e R|ng 018 - - - + - - - - - - - + - - - 13 13
Herthe Robertson R45 + + + + - + + + - - - + - - - 53 74
6|e|re Rob||ng R35 + + + + - + + + - + - + - + - ê7 80
L|nde Runbeck R53 + + + + + + + + - ¯ - + - ¯ - ê9 89
0e||es 8ems 011 - - + + + - + - - - - - - + - 33 21
0on 8emue|son 012 - - - + + - + - - - - + - + ¯ 3ê 2ê
Kenr|c 8cheeve| R31 + + + + + + + - - - - + - + - ê0 80
L|nde 8che|d 047 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 5
8em 8o|on 07 ¯ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 3
A||en 8peer 0ê0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4
0en 8tevens R17 + + + + + + + + ¯ - ¯ + ¯ + - 83 85
LeRoy 8tumpf 01 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 7
Roy Terw||||ger R42 + + + + + + + + - - - + - + + 73 72
J|m V|ckermen 022 - - - - - - - - - ¯ - - - + - 7 12
0eenne w|ener 038 - - - - - - - - - - - + - - - 7 15
6her|es w|ger 055 + - - + + ¯ + - - - - + - ¯ + 4ê 41
0one|d Z|eg|er R2ê + + + + + + + + - - - + - + - ê7 73
MINNESOTA STATE SENATE
1. RETURN THE BUDGET SURPLUS TO TAXPAYERS. The taxpayer friendly vote was
to pass an across-the-board income tax cut which would have prevented future
surpluses. (Failed 23-37)
2. ACROSS-THE-BOARD INCOME TAX CUTS. The taxpayer friendly vote was to pass
an across-the-board income tax cut which reduced income taxes in all 3 brackets.
(Failed 28-38)
3. CAPITAL GAINS TAX CUT. The taxpayer friendly vote was to exempt 20% of a
capital gain from taxation. (Failed 28-37).
4. STOP TAXING LOCAL GOVERNMENT. The taxpayer friendly vote was to exempt
local government from paying sales taxes to the state. (Failed 30-35)
5. LIMIT PROPERTY TAX INCREASES. The taxpayer friendly vote was to limit the
amount local governments can raise property taxes to no more than a 5%
increase. (Failed 24-38)
6. FLATTEN PROPERTY TAX RATES. The taxpayer friendly vote was to flatten
property tax rates to ensure a fairer property tax system, increased affordable
housing, and a more competitive business climate. (Failed 25-40)
7. REPEAL TAX ON MEDICAL SERVICES. The taxpayer friendly vote was to eliminate
Minnesota’s “sick tax” which taxes medical services. (Failed 30-35)
8. REJECT SPENDING THE SURPLUS. The taxpayer friendly vote was to reject the
Senate tax bill which spent much of the surplus, and failed to cut all the income tax
rates. (Passed 46-21)
9. REJECT THE “COMPROMISE” TAX CUT PACKAGE. The taxpayer friendly vote
was to reject the final watered-down tax cut deal which failed to return 100% of the
budget surplus. (Passed 64-1)
10.REJECT PORK-BARREL SPENDING. The taxpayer friendly vote was to reject this
attempt to override the Governor’s veto of the Lanesboro Arts Center funding which
will cost taxpayers about $1100 per resident. (Passed 58-4)
11. REJECT THE BUDGET BUSTING BONDING BILL. The taxpayer friendly vote was
to oppose the final bonding bill, which borrowed almost double the amount
recommended by the Governor. (Passed 63-2)
12.KILL LIGHT RAIL. The taxpayer friendly vote was to transfer money approved for
building light rail in Minneapolis to other transit projects. (Failed 31-33).
13.REJECT THE “GARBAGE BILL.” The taxpayer friendly vote was to reject the
omnibus spending bill which violated the Minnesota Constitution by rolling most
spending bills into one. (Passed 64-1)
14.END THE PROFILE OF LEARNING. The taxpayer friendly vote was to end the
Profile of Learning which has wasted hundreds of millions of tax dollars on
bureaucracy without improving education. (Failed 26-35).
15.REJECT INCREASES IN HUNTING AND FISHING FEES. The taxpayer friendly
vote was to reject increasing hunting and fishing license fees by as much as 30%.
(Passed 55-8).
MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1. RETURN THE BUDGET SURPLUS TO TAXPAYERS. The taxpayer friendly vote was
to return the budget surplus to taxpayers through income tax cuts and rebates.
(Passed 85-47)
2. LIMIT PROPERTY TAX INCREASES. The taxpayer friendly vote was to limit the
amount local governments can raise property taxes to no more than a 5%
increase. (Failed 61-71)
3. DON’T INCREASE TAXES TO FUND WELFARE. The taxpayer friendly vote was to
reject a proposal to increase taxes if federal welfare funds are reduced. (Failed 62-
69)
4. REJECT THE “COMPROMISE” TAX CUT PACKAGE. The taxpayer friendly vote
was to reject the final watered-down tax cut deal which failed to return 100% of the
budget surplus. (Passed 124-6)
5. REJECT THE PORK BARREL SPENDING DEAL. The taxpayer friendly vote was
to reject the “deal” made to trade votes to override the Governor’s vetoes of the
Lanesboro Arts Center and Guthrie Theatre funding. (Passed 92-36)
6. REJECT THE BUDGET BUSTING BONDING BILL. The taxpayer friendly vote was
to oppose the final bonding bill, which borrowed almost double the amount
recommended by the Governor. (Passed 102-29).
7. REJECT LIGHT RAIL FUNDING. The taxpayer friendly vote was to reject this
amendment which preserved light rail funding and provided money for building
an entire rail and transit system. (Failed 49-79)
8. REJECT STATE MANDATED “SMART GROWTH.” The taxpayer friendly vote was
to oppose this amendment which would have imposed state mandated “smart
growth” principles on local governments, reducing funds for roads in favor of transit,
and allow state bureaucrats to direct where people live. (Failed 59-70)
9. SUNSET OUTDATED BUREAUCRATIC RULES. The taxpayer friendly vote was to
require that all bureaucratic rules expire unless formally reapproved by the
legislature. (Passed 97-36)
10.REJECT THE ‘GARBAGE BILL’. The taxpayer friendly vote was to reject the
omnibus spending bill which violated the Minnesota Constitution by rolling most
spending bills into one. (Passed 110-21)
11. ALLOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO REJECT THE PROFILE OF LEARNING. The
taxpayer friendly vote was to allow school districts to choose whether to implement
the Profile of Learning. (Passed 68-66)
12.REJECT INCREASES IN HUNTING AND FISHING FEES. The taxpayer friendly
vote was to reject increasing hunting and fishing license fees by as much as 30%.
(Passed 88-43).
VOTE DESCRIPTIONS STATE SENATE
Legerd: '÷¨= pro-|axpayer vo|e '-¨= ar||-|axpayer vo|e '
¯
¨= ro| vo||rg
Party/
Name District 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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7
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TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA Scorecard
J|m Abe|er R 49A + + + - - - + + + - - - 50 ê2
Ron Abrems R 45A + - + - - + + + + + + + 75 7ê
8ruce Anderson R 198 + + + - ¯ + + + + + + - 82 92
|rv Anderson 0 03A - - - - - - - - + - - + 17 18
Thomes 8ekk 0 0êA - + - - - - - - + - - - 17 15
Len 8|ernet 0 59A - + - - - - - - - - - + 17 20
0eve 8|shop R 308 + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 ê2
Lynde 8oudreeu R 258 + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 74
Fren 8red|ey R 30A + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 74
8herry 8roecker R 538 + - + - + + + + + - + - ê7 81
Herk 8uesgens R 358 + - + - + + + + + + + + 83 82
Lyndon 6er|son 0 4ê8 + + - - - - - - + - - + 33 25
Ph|| 6erruthers 0 478 - + - - - - ¯ - - - - - 9 1ê
Seorge 6esse|| R 108 + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 ê3
8etveer 6heudhery 0 52A + + - - - + - - - - - + 33 28
Jemes 6|erk R 23A + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 70
Keren 6|erk 0 ê1A - - - ¯ - - - - - - - + 9 12
Roxenn 0eggett R 11A + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 71
Sregory 0ev|ds R 318 + - + - - - + + + - + + 58 80
Andy 0ewk|ns 0 ê5A - - - + - - ¯ - - - - + 18 1ê
8teve 0eh|er R 14A + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 78
Jerry 0empsey R 29A + + + - + - ¯ ¯ + - - - 50 ê8
0en 0ormen R 27A + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 55
John 0orn 0 24A - + - - - - - - + - - - 17 15
Hett Entenze 0 ê4A - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 17
Ron Erherdt R 42A + + + - - - + + + - - - 50 73
8ondre Er|ckson R 17A + + + - + - + + + - + - ê7 80
T|m F|nseth R 018 + + + - - - + + + - + + ê7 ê9
8etty Fo|||erd 0 44A - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 17
0oug Fu||er R 04A + + - - + - + + + - + - 58 êê
6hr|s Ser|ech R 3êA + - + - + + + + + + + + 83 82
Herk S|eeson 0 ê38 - - - - - - - - - + - + 17 25
Kev|n Soodno R 09A + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 ê9
Sregory Srey 0 588 - - - - - - - - - - - + 8 21
Lee Sreenf|e|d 0 ê2A - + - + - - - - - - - + 25 17
H|ndy Sre|||ng 0 548 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 11
8ob Sunther R 2êA + - + - - - + + + - + - 50 ê7
8erb heeke R 528 + + + - ¯ + + + + - + - 73 70
8||| hees R 48A + + + - + - + + + - + ¯ 73 82
Tom heckberth R 50A + + + - - - + + + - + - 58 59
E|e|ne herder R 228 + - + - - - + ¯ + - + - 45 71
Kr|s hesskemp 0 12A + - - - - - + - + - + - 33 30
A||ce heusmen 0 êê8 - + - ¯ ¯ ¯ - - - ¯ - - 12 12
8||| h||ty 0 088 - + - - - - + - - - - - 17 17
Hery L|z ho|berg R 378 + - + - + + + + + + + - 75 74
Herk ho|sten R 5êA + + + - - - + + + + + - ê7 78
Lerry howes R 048 + + + - + - + + + - + - ê7 ê4
Tom hunt|ey 0 0ê8 - + - - - - - - - - - - 8 8
H|ke Jeros 0 078 - + - + - - - - - - - + 25 18
Loren Jenn|ngs 0 188 - + - - - - - - - - + - 17 20
A||ce Johnson 0 488 - + - - - - - - - - - ¯ 9 22
A| Juhnke 0 15A - - - - - + + - + - + - 33 2ê
Phy|||s Kehn 0 598 - - - + - - - - - - - - 8 18
henry Ke||s 0 2ê8 + + - - - - - - + - - - 25 21
Hergeret A Ke|||her 0 ê0A + - - - - - - - - - - - 8 21
Tony K|e|kuck| R 208 + - + - + - + + + - + + ê7 85
J|m Knob|ech R 1ê8 + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 71
Luenne Kosk|nen 0 498 - + - - - - - - - - - - 8 21
Ph|||p Kr|nk|e R 53A + + + - + + + + + + + + 92 91
Sery Kub|y 0 158 - - - - - - + - + - + - 25 34
w||||em Ku|s|e R 31A + - + - + - + + + - + - 58 82
Peg Lersen R 5ê8 + + + - - - + + + - - - 50 75
0en Lerson 0 40A + + - - - - - - + + - + 42 55
Rob Le|ghton 0 278 ¯ ¯ ¯ - - - - - - - - - 0 11
Ann Lenczewsk| 0 408 + - - - + + + + + + - + ê7 70
Peggy Lepp|k R 458 + - + - + - + + + - - - 50 ê9
8ern|e L|eder 0 02A - + - - - - - - - - - - 8 11
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Ar|on L|ndner R 33A + - + - + + + + + + + + 83 91
0er|ene Luther 0 47A + + - - - - - - - - - - 17 32
T|m Hehoney 0 ê7A - - - - - - - - - - - + 8 22
herry Heres R 55A + - + - - - + + + - - - 42 ê7
6er|os Her|en| 0 ê58 - - - - - - - - - - - + 8 11
8heron Herko 0 578 - + - - - + - - + + - + 42 29
8etty Hc6o||um 0 558 - + - - - - - - - - - - 8 15
0en HcE|roy R 3ê8 + - + - ¯ - + + + - + - 55 7ê
HeryJo HcSu|re 0 54A - + - - ¯ - - - - - - - 9 14
8ob H||bert 0 398 - + - - - + - - + + - + 42 33
6ero| Ho|neu R 35A + - + - + + + + + - + - ê7 83
R|cherd Hu|der R 218 + - + - + - + + + - + + ê7 85
Joe Hu||ery 0 58A - + - - - - - - - - - + 17 19
Hery Hurphy 0 08A - + - - - - - - - - - - 8 13
Robert Ness R 20A + - + - - - + + + - - - 42 ê1
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TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA Scorecard
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Minnesotans pay the 4th highest
income taxes in the nation.
Minnesotans work 126 days a year,
or about 3 hours a day, just to pay
their taxes.
The average family spends more
to pay their taxes than for food,
clothing, and housing combined.
Mi nnesota state and l ocal
government take and spend nearly
20% of all Minnesotans’ earnings.
In the last decade, Minnesota’s
state government spending has
doubled.
If all of the surplus had been
returned to taxpayers, instead of
spent, the total tax relief would have
averaged about $3000 per
taxpayer.
This year the legislature overrode a
Governor’s veto to fund an arts
center in Lanesboro--which will cost
Minnesota taxpayers over $1100 per
resident of the town!
This year the legislature approved a
new project to build a power plant to
be fueled by turkey manure--which
will cost taxpayers millions of dollars
in higher fuel bills and subsidies.
The Mi nnesota Department of
Empl oyee Rel ati ons spends
thousands of dollars a year on “loss
of dreams” seminars, massages,
and yoga for state employees.
Sal ari es for some state
administrators have skyrocketed by
as much as 70% in recent years.
The Department of Natural
Resources spent over $10,000 a
month to house four employees at a
luxury resort in Ely, despite the fact
that they could have rented a house
for only $600 a month!
It would be cheaper for taxpayers to
provide a new Cadillac, Mercedes,
or Porsche to every new transit rider
than to bui l d and operate the
Governor’s new light rail line.
Telephone Bill:
50% Taxes
Bottle of Spirits:
72% Taxes
Tank of Gas:
54% Taxes
Loaf of Bread:
31% Taxes
Night in Hotel
Room:
43% Taxes
Pizza:
38% Taxes
Airline Ticket:
40% Taxes
Can of Soda:
35% Taxes
Source: Americans For Tax Reform
About the TAxÞAYcns LcAcuc FouNoATioN
Darrell McKigney, President, Taxpayers League Foundation
“With taxes being the largest budget item for most families today, people have a right to know more about how their tax
dollars are being spent. We must ensure that families pay the lowest taxes possible, and we must keep government waste
to a minimum.”
The Taxpayers League Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog organization dedicated to educating citizens about
tax and spending issues. It provides publications, research, and public speakers which advocate principles of lower taxes
and limited government.
TAX FACTS
The Hidden Tax Bite in Things You Buy...
Your Tax Dollars at Work?
How Minnesota State Government Spends Your Money
Expenditures (Thousands) 1998-99 2000-01 % change
EDUCATION
State Money $9,605,662 $11,215,961 16.76%
Federal Money $ 979,604 $ 1,078,828 10.13%
Total : $10,585,266 $12,294,789 16.15%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
State Money $5,029,440 $5,793,299 15.19%
Federal Money $5,067,590 $5,563,734 9.79%
Total: $10,097,030 $11,357,033 12.48%
TRANSPORTATION
State Money $2,521,693 $3,005,604 19.19%
Federal Money $ 910,281 $1,252,597 37.61%
Total: $3,431,974 $4,258,201 24.07%
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES
State Money $2,629,295 $3,342,123 27.11%
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
State Money $730,634 $835,608 14.37%
Federal Money $ 54,160 $ 82,685 52.67%
Total: $784,794 $918,293 17.01%
JUDICIARY $995,255 $1,160,840 16.64%
STATE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
State Money $828,860 $815,969 -1.56%
Federal Money $ 4,080 $ 8,290 103.19%
Total: $832,940 $824,259 -1.04%
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
State Money $419,207 $462,422 10.31%
Federal Money $168,682 $160,147 -5.06%
Total: $587,889 $622,569 5.90%
LABOR
State Money $ 54,727 $ 88,637 61.96%
Federal Money $318,526 $347,171 8.99%
Total: $373,253 $435,808 16.76%
OTHER
State Money $1,641,402 $1,340,644 -18.32%
Federal Money $ 12,116 $ 9,645 -20.39%
Total: $1,653,518 $1,350,289 -18.34%
TOTAL expenditures $31,971,214 $36,564,204 14.37%
This publication is an estimated snapshot of state spending and taxes in Minnesota and includes data from different sources. The federal money
figures include funds appropriated by the Federal Government and given to the state of Minnesota to be spent by the state for specific programs. It
does not include federal money spent directly by the federal government in Minnesota. The source for this information is the 1998 and 1999 Senate
Fiscal Review. The state money numbers include spending from documented state funds. The sources for this data are The Senate Fiscal Review
and the Minnesota Department of Finance.
Sources for state revenues (depicted in the pie chart on the right page) are the Department of Finance, including their 1999 Cost of Government
figures supplemented with the July 2000 Economic Update. The revenue pie chart on the right does not include federal money.
The two bar graphs on the right describe state spending when you look only at the state’s “General Fund.” The General Fund can be thought of as the
state’s main checking account. Revenues (taxes, some fees and investment income) are collected and end up in the general fund. It is out of the
General Fund that many of the state’s activities are paid for. The source for inflation numbers is the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some departments have their own funds including user fees, licenses and some federal money. Examples of these include: the Game and Fish Fund
(supplemented by license and user fees) for Environment and Natural Resources and federal highway funds which are spent by the Department of
Transportation. Federal money and these other sources total about $10 Billion and need to be factored into how much these agencies actually have
and do spend. These are included in the table above.
For more detailed information about Minnesota state government spending and the data used to create this publication visit www.taxpayersleague.org.
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Judiciary
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Health and
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Education
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Motor Vehicle Licence Tax
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General Sales Tax
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Individual
Income Tax 39%
Motor Vehicle Sales Tax
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All Other Taxes
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All other non-tax revenues
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State spending has exploded in recent years: Surpluses have driven spending growth:
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How the state collects its money from you... ...and how it is spent
Surplus Returned
Surplus Spent
1998-99 Surplus:
$4.3 Billion
Surplus Returned
Surplus Spent
2000-01 Surplus:
$6.5 Billion
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TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA & TAXlAYLRe LLAcLL FcLrLA:lcr
ONE CARLSON PARKWAY, SUITE 120, PLYMOUTH, MN 55447
PHONE (763) 249-5950 FAX (763) 249-5960 WWW.TAXPAYERSLEAGUE.ORG
Dear Taxpayer:
I always find it amazing that Minnesota state government taxes and spends so much of our money while
providing average citizens with very little information as to how our money is spent and how our lawmakers
actually vote on the issues.
The fact is, with the average Minnesotan working about an hour a day just to pay state and local taxes, we
deserve to know more about where our hard earned dollars are going. We also need to know how our
lawmakers are voting on tax and spending issues.
That’s why I’m pleased to present you with this copy of the 2000 Citizens Report. This important publication
includes a combination of three invaluable sources of information. It includes the contents of the Taxpayers
League Foundation’s 2000 Citizens Budget, and Tax Facts, which detail how the state taxes and spends our
money. It also includes the Taxpayers League of Minnesota’s 2000 Taxpayers Scorecard, which reports
lawmakers actual votes and rates them based on their voting record.
I hope you find this information helpful as you learn more about your state government.
Yours for lower taxes,
Brian Sullivan
Taxpayers League Foundation &
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA & TAXlAYLRe LLAcLL FcLrLA:lcr
ONE CARLSON PARKWAY, SUITE 120, PLYMOUTH, MN 55447
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