THE 2007 LEGISLATIVE SESSION OUR MISSION

For 10 years the mission of the Taxpayers League has been to reduce the tax burden on working Minnesotans. With the help and support of many dedicated people we have succeeded in our goal. Yet with the liberals in control of both the State Legislature and the U.S. Congress we can’t rest on past accomplishments. Thank you for your past support and hopefully you will continue to be engaged in the cause by joining the Taxpayers League today.

Taxpayers win! In politics, sometimes winning is defined by what didn’t happen (or in this case, what wasn’t allowed to happen). Using that measuring stick we can definitely say that Minnesota taxpayers won big in 2007. Despite the introduction of over $5 billion in proposed tax increases, no tax increase was enacted during the 2007 regular or special session. In fact, an attempt to override the Governor’s veto of a transPhil Krinkie portation bill that would have added hunPresident dreds of dollars a year to the average family’s cost of owning a car failed in the last minutes of the regular session. With your help we were able to repel the liberal tax-and-spend onslaught during the 2007 session.
Michael Wigley Chairman

HOW TO USE THE TAXPAYERS LEAGUE SCORECARD
This scorecard reports key votes lawmakers cast on taxes and spending. A “+” vote denotes a pro-taxpayer position. The rating reflects the percentage of pro-taxpayer votes cast. Also reported is the cumulative score for each state legislator for years 1997-2007. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is a nonpartisan nonprofit grassroots taxpayer advocacy organization representing thousands of Minnesotans. It fights for lower taxes, limited government and the full empowerment of taxpaying citizens in accordance with Constitutional principles. Nothing in this scorecard implies endorsement of any candidate for public office.

LOOKING AHEAD

Don’t get comfortable. The fight isn’t over. Though we may have beaten back the Liberals this year, they’ll be back (believe me, 16 years in the state legislature has reinforced that idea over and over). So what can you do to help make sure I write the same message to you in the 2008 Scorecard? For starters, visit www.taxpayersleague.org, request an information packet and sign up for our weekly E Updates. It’s the best source to find out who’s after your money and what you can do about it. Also, it will let you know what’s going on at the Taxpayers League and what opportunities there are for you to join the fight. We had great success this year, but we’re going to need your help in 2008. Join the Taxpayers League and help keep government out of your wallet!

Legislative Scorecard

2007

TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:

PLEASE JOIN US IN FIGHTING TO HOLD THE LINE ON TAXES
If you’re tired of Minnesota’s high taxes and big government – and you want to join the fight to change it – the Taxpayers League would like your help. To support our cause, we suggest a gift of $25, $50 or more be sent to:

MN House Switchboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . (651) 296-2146 Toll Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 657-3550 MN Senate Switchboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . (651) 296-0504 Governor’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (651) 296-3391 U.S. House of Reps Switchboard . . . . . . (202) 225-3121 U.S. Senate Switchboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 224-3121 Or by email at sen.firstname.lastname@senate.mn or rep.firstname.lastname@house.mn

TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA

PO Box 120444 • St Paul, MN 55112 Phone: (651) 294-3590 Fax: (651) 294-3596

A Guide to Minnesota Lawmakers’ Votes on Taxes and Spending
www.taxpayersleague.org

— 2007 Best Friends of the Taxpayer —

Rep. Bruce Anderson R-Buffalo Twnsp (19A)

Rep. Mark Buesgens R-Jordan (35B)

Rep. Chris DeLaForest R-Andover (49A)

Rep. Tom Emmer R-Delano (19B)

Rep. Mary Liz Holberg R-Lakeville (36A)

Rep. Paul Kohls R-Victoria (34A)

Rep. Mark Olson R-Big Lake (16B)

Rep. Ron Shimanski R-Silver Lake (18A)

Rep. Kurt Zellers R-Maple Grove (32B)

Sen. David Hann R-Eden Prairie (42)

Sen. Pat Pariseau R-Farmington (36)

All of the above legislators recieved a score of 100% on our 2007 Taxpayers League Scorecard. They deserve special recognition for the hard work and willingness to stand strong for individual economic freedom.

FRIENDS

— 2007 Session Notables —

FOES

House Minority Leader Marty Seifert (R-Marshall)
As the leader of a caucus with just 49 Representatives, Rep. Seifert was able to successfully hold his members together through difficult circumstances. And largely due to the leadership of Rep. Seifert, not a single Republican voted to override a gubernatorial veto. Most notably, House Republicans sustained the lone override attempt of the 2007 legislative session: a tax increase that would have amounted to $1.5 billion (House vote #1).

Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL-Minneapolis)
After last November’s election, Speaker Kelliher claimed she saw “no reason to raise taxes.” That promise proved hollow. By the end of the Legislative session she and her liberal colleagues had proposed over $5 billion in new tax increases, and only the power of the Governor’s veto pen stopped her from making Minnesota one of the highest taxed states in the nation.

State Senator Ray Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake)
Vandeveer, one of few Republican freshman Senators elected in 2006, wasted no time challenging new Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller. At the beginning of the legislative session, the Senate tried to pass a pay-raise without even a vote. Senator Vandeveer objected, and was ultimately able to get a vote on the floor and put on record (Senate vote #12) all those who preferred getting a massive increase in their compensation over taking care of their constituents.

State Senator Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook)
Tom Bakk is the Minnesota State Senate’s chairman of the Tax Committee, and in 2007 he proved that an Iron Range legislator can be every bit as liberal and spendthrift as a Minneapolis one. The tax bills he crafted would have vaulted Minnesota to the top of the tax rankings, while at the same time driving businesses out of the state and thousands of Minnesotans to sunnier—and tax friendlier—climes.

State Representative Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL-Long Prairie)
There aren’t many bright spots among the members of the taxand-spend caucus, but Rep. Otremba provided a ray of hope. Rep. Otremba opposed a sales tax increase for arts and recreation (House vote #3) and hordes of tax and fee increases in many other bills. Rep. Otremba truly showed courage by bucking the leaders of her liberal tax-and-spend caucus. She even voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of the multi-billion dollar transportation bill.

State Senator Dennis Frederickson (R-New Ulm)
Sen. Frederickson has consistently been one of the lowest-scoring Republican Senators on the Taxpayers League Scorecard, and this year was no different. Instead of sticking with the Governor and the fiscal conservatives, he voted for tax and spending increases along with his more liberal DFL colleagues.

2007 VOTE DESCRIPTIONS
M INNESOTA STATE SENATE
(SJ = Senate Journal Page Number) 1. NO AUTOMATIC SPENDING INCREASES. (SJ 6325) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject automatic spending increases for government programs. (amendment failed 22-43) 2. REJECT TAX INCREASES. (SJ 6325) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the final tax bill which included tax increases, increased welfare to local units of government (LGA) and mandated automatic spending increases. (passed 53-13, vetoed by the Governor) 3. REJECT INCREASED SALES TAXES. (SJ 5922) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the state sales tax with dedicated funding for arts, entertainment, parks and public broadcasting. (passed 50-12) 4. THE THIRD HIGHEST INCOME TAX RATE IN THE NATION? (SJ 3935) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject this version of the tax bill which included massive tax increases; including imposing the third highest income tax rate in the nation. (passed 35-31, vetoed by the Governor) 5. DON’T TURN BACK THE CLOCK ON WELFARE REFORM (SJ 3710) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the Health and Human Services Finance bill, which would have reversed many welfare reforms and increased welfare spending in Minnesota. (passed 47-19, vetoed by the Governor) 6. NO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES (SJ 2459) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject an increase in the minimum wage, which hurts small business and less-skilled workers by reducing employment opportunities. (passed 40-23) 7. REJECT NEW TAX BRACKET (SJ 1927) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the Senate Education bill which would have imposed massive tax increases and created a 4th income tax bracket at the highest rate in the nation. (passed 35-29) 8. REJECT HIGHER BUSINESS PROPERTY TAXES (SJ 1821) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject this $400 million increase in business property taxes. (passed 38-28) 9. NO MORE PORK-BARREL SPENDING (SJ 1454) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the $334 million bonding bill which included millions of dollars in pork-barrel spending above the Governor’s recommendations. (passed 56-9, vetoed by the Governor) 10. REJECT THE SENATE TRANSPORTATION BILL VOTE #1 (SJ 1294) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject billions of dollars in tax increases, including a 50% increase in the gas tax, a wheelage tax, new sales taxes and higher license tab fees. (passed 42-24) 11. REJECT ANOTHER BLOATED TRANSPORTATION BILL (SJ 4141) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the final version of the transportation bill, which would have raised taxes by up $500 a year for a family of four. (passed 47-17, vetoed by the Governor) 12. REJECT LEGISLATOR PAY RAISE (SJ 428) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the 45% increase in legislator per diem from $66 a day to $96 a day. (passed 59-7)

STATE SENATE
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1. GOVERNOR’S VETO OF TAX INCREASES UPHELD (HJ 7571) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to sustain the Governor’s veto of the transportation bill, which included billions of dollars in tax increases that would have raised taxes up to $500 on a family of four. (override attempt failed 83-50) 2. REJECT TAX INCREASES (HJ 7575) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the final tax bill which included tax increases, increased welfare to local units of government (LGA) and mandated automatic spending increases. (passed 82-48, vetoed by the Governor) 3. REJECT INCREASED SALES TAXES (HJ 7263) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the sales tax with dedicated funding for arts, entertainment, parks and public broadcasting. (bill passed 86-46) 4. REJECT STATEWIDE TAKEOVER OF SCHOOL HEALTH INSURANCE (HJ 7538) The taxpayerfriendly vote was to reject this plan to create a statewide school employee’s insurance pool, penalizing school districts who have managed their health care costs well by making them subsidize districts which have not. (passed 83-51, vetoed by Governor) 5. REJECT ANOTHER BLOATED TRANSPORTATION BILL (HJ 6640) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the final version of the transportation bill, which would have raised taxes by up $500 a year for a family of four. (passed 90-43, vetoed by the Governor) 6. THE THIRD HIGHEST INCOME TAX RATE IN THE NATION? (HJ 6556) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject this version of the tax bill which included massive tax increases; including imposing the third highest income tax rate in the nation. (bill passed 73-58, vetoed by the Governor) 7. DON’T TURN THE CLOCK BACK ON WELFARE REFORM (HJ 6112) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the Health and Human Services Finance bill, which would have reversed many welfare reforms and increased welfare spending in Minnesota. (conference report passed 82-44, vetoed by the Governor) 8. REJECT HIGHER ENERGY COSTS (HJ 446) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject mandating that 25% of Minnesota’s energy come from unproven renewable resources by 2025, increasing costs to consumers. (bill passed 123-10) 9. RESTRICT BONDING BILL TO EMERGENCY SPENDING (HJ 2222) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to restrict the 2007 bonding bill to $8 million in emergency spending only. (amendment failed 39-90) 10. NO MORE PORK-BARREL SPENDING (HJ 2227) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject the $334 million bonding bill which included millions of dollars in pork-barrel spending above the Governor’s recommendations. (bill passed 84-45, vetoed by the Governor) 11. REJECT THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION BILL VOTE #1 (HJ 2016) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to reject billions of dollars in tax increases, including a 50% increase in the gas tax, a wheelage tax, new sales taxes and higher license tab fees. (bill passed 83-46) 12. SUPERMAJORITY TO RAISE TAXES (HJ 586) The taxpayer-friendly vote was to adopt a rule that would require a 60% vote of the House to raise taxes. (amendment failed 47-86)

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2007 8 18 8 0 8 8 0 75 0 0 0 0 83 83 0 8 8 8 0 8 0 67 33 0 100 33 58 91 17 9 92 0 66 0 0 8 92 25 8 0 92 0 92 100 8 83 9 0 80 0 75 17 0 0 0 27 8 50 8 0 0 67 17 75 8 8 100

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