2009 Heroes of the Taxpayer

13th Annual

Legislative Scorecard • 2009
2009 Best Friends of the Taxpayer
All of the legislators below received a score of 100% on our 2009 Legislative Scorecard. They deserve special recognition for their hard work and willingness to stand strong for individual economic freedom.
Representative Bruce Anderson R-Buffalo Township (19A) 9th award Representative Mark Buesgens R-Jordan (35B) 7th award Representative Tom Emmer R-Delano (19B) 3rd award Representative Tom Hackbarth R-Cedar (48A) 2nd award Representative Joe Hoppe R-Chaska (34B) 1st award Representative Joyce Peppin R-Rogers (32A) 1st award

2009 Heroes of the Taxpayer
Governor Tim Pawlenty
With a real state budget deficit of $6.4 billion dollars, Governor Pawlenty faced a huge challenge from the start of the legislative session. The DFL-controlled state legislature was intent on raising taxes to continue their outof-control government spending. In January, Governor Pawlenty submitted his budget solution, but even after four months, DFL leadership in the House and Senate failed to come up with a budget solution that didn’t include a billion dollar tax increase. With the Governor committed to not raising taxes he explained to the DFL leadership that if they failed to produce a balanced budget, he would line item veto spending bills and cancel appropriations in order to balance the state budget. In the end, Democrats failed to produce a balanced budget, so the Governor will have to resolve the 2010-2011 budget without them. All Minnesota taxpayers owe Governor Pawlenty a thank you for his “no tax increases” stand.

House Minority Leader Marty Seifert
R-Marshall (21A)
With just 47 Republicans and 45 votes needed to sustain a veto, Rep. Seifert faced a daunting task at the outset of the 2009 session. The pressure from the DFL majority to divide the GOP caucus was relentless. During endless debates and bill after bill Rep. Seifert held his caucus together. When the Democrats tried in the closing hours of the session to override Governor Pawlenty’s veto of a billion dollar tax bill, every Republican House member voted to uphold the Governor’s veto. On behalf of Minnesota’s taxpayers, thank you Rep. Seifert and all 47 Republican House members!

2009 Foes of the Taxpayer
Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller
DFL-Minneapolis (59)
The “architect” of the failed DFL leadership strategy of balancing the state budget with billions of dollars in new taxes was Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller. He led his Party to waste months of time by refusing to work with Governor Pawlenty towards a budget solution that had a chance of being signed into law. Under Sen. Pogemiller, the Senate passed an across-the-board income tax increase that even the House DFLers wouldn’t accept. In the final minutes of the 2009 session, Sen. Pogemiller’s “solution” was yet another desperate attempt to pass a billion dollar tax increase. But like the previous tax bill, this one was dead on arrival and was promptly vetoed by Governor Pawlenty. Sen. Pogemiller needs to brush up on his negotiating skills by reading “Getting to Yes.”

Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher
DFL-Minneapolis (60A)
Speaker Kelliher presided over a “donothing” legislature that spent four-and-ahalf months complaining about Governor Pawlenty’s budget proposal but couldn’t produce a balanced budget proposal of their own. In the end, the House passed $34 billion in spending but only $31 billion in estimated revenue. Leaving a $3 billion budget gap, Speaker Kelliher had to twist arms in her own caucus to pass tax bill after tax bill, only to have their $1 billion tax increase vetoed by the Governor. But even with their billion dollar tax increase there would have been a $2 billion budget hole. Remedial math should be on Speaker Kelliher’s summer agenda.

Senate Tax Committee Chair Tom Bakk DFL-Cook (6)
Instead of tax reform to promote Minnesota job growth, Sen. Bakk, Chair of the Senate Tax Committee, worked to bring forth a $2 billion tax increase. The bill included an across-theboard income tax increase as well as a new top tier tax rate of 9.25%. Sen. Bakk proved in his third year as the Senate Tax Chair that he is determined to stunt Minnesota’s economic growth with billions in new taxes. Look out! This big time tax-and-spender is running for Governor in 2010.

House Tax Committee Chair Ann Lenczewski
DFL-Bloomington (40B)
While she has tried to build a reputation as a tax reformer, Rep. Lenczewski cast that role aside this legislative session and joined the big tax-and-spend crowd with her $1.5 billion House tax increase proposal. Rep. Lenczewski consistently did the bidding of her liberal tax-and-spend colleagues by passing billion dollar tax increase after billion dollar tax increase.

Taxpayers Win in 2009 Session

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he 2009 legislative session was destined to be a grudge match between the Governor and the Democrat controlled legislature from the outset. In the fall of 2008, the bottom dropped out of the national economy and the November state budget forecast showed $4.8 billion in the red for the 2010-11 Minnesota state budget, or roughly a 12% shortfall. The funding problem continued to grow worse and the March budget forecast showed a whopping $6.4 billion shortfall. With the inclusion of federal money, Minnesota’s budget problem was now calculated to be $4.6 billion. At the outset, Gov. Pawlenty stated he was committed to balancing Minnesota's state budget without raising taxes and presented a proposed budget in late January with no tax increases. The stage was set from that point on for a showdown between the Governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature, with Gov. Pawlenty holding firm to his “no tax increases” proposal and the DFL-controlled legislature unwilling to make the necessary spending reductions to produce a balanced budget.

The Taxpayers League focus was to make sure the taxpayers voice was heard at the Capitol. Working with other conservative non-profit organizations we produced “Real State Spending Reform” a budget proposal that solved the state deficit by reducing government spending without raising taxes. This document can be found at www. taxpayersleague.org. We also kept the pressure on the big government spenders at the State Capitol by organizing the 2009 Tax Cut Rally on May 2nd that attracted over 5,000 people to the State Capitol to speak out against increased government spending and higher taxes. True to his word, Gov. Pawlenty vetoed every major tax bill that reached his desk. He also executed dozens of line item vetoes in order to trim the Democrats’ bloated spending bills. Success for Minnesota's taxpayers would not have been possible without commitment and courage of Gov. Pawlenty and the 47 Republican members of the Minnesota House who stood together to sustain Gov. Pawlenty’s veto of the Democrats’ billion dollar tax increase.

STATE SENATE
2009 VOTE DESCRIPTIONS
(SJ = Senate Journal Page Number)

1) A BLOATED SENATE BONDING BILL (SJ 1746) The Senate bonding bill left the Senate with $330 million in pork barrel projects. This bill spent $130 million more than the House version. With a $6 billion budget shortfall, it was not the time to increase state debt. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this bill. (Bill passed 57-9) 2) THEY SAID THEY WERE ONLY GOING TO TAX THE RICH (SJ 3430) While there was much talk of only increasing taxes on the “rich,” this tax bill passed the Senate with an across the board income tax increase on all taxpayers. In total, this bill would have raised taxes by $2 billion. (Bill passed 35-30) 3) TRANSPORTATION BILL, BAD POLICY AND SPENDING PRIORITIES (SJ 3743) This vote was on the $4.3 billion transportation bill that included funding for various light rail and commuter rail projects which continued the trend for rail funding over highways. It also shifted money away from road maintenance. (Bill passed 63-4) 4) GIVING ST. PAUL A STATE BAILOUT (SJ 3895) This vote was on the economic development bill and included a loan forgiveness for the city of St. Paul RiverCentre Arena totaling $32.75 million. The city of St. Paul had originally received a loan to pay for the arena and was now asking for the loan to be forgiven, in other words a taxpayer bailout. (Bill passed 38-28, vetoed by the Governor) 5) AN ENVIRONMENT FINANCE BILL THAT SHIFTED FUNDING TO PET PROJECTS (SJ 4018) This environment finance bill shifted dedicated funds to spending on pet projects and increased fees for a total of about $20 million, increasing spending for a variety of programs. (Bill passed 52-15) 6) ANOTHER TAX INCREASE (SJ 4466) This $1 billion tax increase included the fourth tier tax increase, liquor tax increases, and cigarette tax increases. (Bill passed 44-20, vetoed by the Governor) 7) ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE (SJ 4940) This vote was on the Health and Human Services finance bill. It expanded eligibility for numerous state funded health care programs while cutting hospital, doctor, and provider reimbursements. Under this legislation, the taxpayer would eventually be forced to pay more in taxes as we head toward a state run health care system. (Bill passed 47-18)

8) FEDERAL TAX CONFORMITY BILL AND MORE (SJ 5203) While this bill included federal tax conformity language, it also allowed some local governments to increase the sales tax and permitted unelected local government bodies to issue debt. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this. (Bill passed 54-12) 9) STAY IN COLLEGE LONGER AND GET A GRANT (SJ 5277) This vote on the Higher Education finance bill removed provisions to incentivize college students to graduate on time by allowing a ninth semester of state grant eligibility. The bill also cut funding for some programs while carving out money for the Power of You program that prioritized grant money for students in Minneapolis or St. Paul. (Bill Passed 54-12) 10) STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE BILL (SJ 5352) Again, in a tough fiscal year for state spending priorities, no real spending reform was offered in this bill. The State Legislature also protected themselves by reducing their spending at a smaller rate than most other state agencies. (Bill passed 58-8) 11) BONDING BILL ADDS MORE DEBT (SJ 5422) The conference committee only reduced the State Senate bonding bill request from $330 million to $300 million, $100 million more than Gov. Pawlenty stated was the ceiling. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this conference committee report. (Bill passed 59-8) 12) NO REFORM IN K-12 EDUCATION SPENDING (SJ 5654) In a year of tough state spending decisions, there was no attempt made to reform K-12 education funding. This K-12 finance bill also had continued funding for the integration program that received criticism in a state auditor’s report. (Bill passed 49-16) 13) ARTS AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT PORK (SJ 6494) This vote was on the delivery of the pork projects to the special interests who supported the constitutional sales tax increase that was passed last year. It appropriated $87.5 million for numerous special interest projects of questionable value. (Bill passed 67-0) 14) END OF SESSION TAX INCREASE SHENANIGANS (SJ 6730) This vote was on the tax increase bill that didn’t return from conference committee until the last night of session and was voted on just before the midnight deadline ending the 2009 legislative session. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this bill or not vote because the President of the Senate called for the vote while debate was ongoing. (Bill passed 35-1, vetoed by the Governor)

LEGEND: “+”= pro-taxpayer vote “–”= anti-taxpayer vote “*”= did not vote

STATE SENATE
2009

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66D 6D 61D 51D 43D 38D 50D 15D 64D 25D 26R 60D 18R 40D 31D 14R 16D 47D 21R 37R 13R 42R 58D 11R 49R 48R 63D 19R 12R 20D 9D 44D 32R 8D 30D 54D 39D 41R 67D 28D 17D 33R 4D 34R 65D 36R 59D 7D 45D 35R 24R 53D 56D 3D 46D 29R 23D 57D 2D 10D 27D 1D 5D 62D 52R 22D 55D Anderson Ellen Bakk Thomas Berglin Linda Betzold Don Bonoff Terri Carlson Jim Chaudhary Satveer Clark Tarryl Cohen Richard Dahle Kevin Day Dick Dibble D. Scott Dille Steve Doll John Erickson Ropes Sharon Fischbach Michelle Fobbe Lisa Foley Leo Frederickson Dennis Gerlach Chris Gimse Joe Hann David Higgins Linda Ingebrigtsen Bill Johnson Debbie Jungbauer Michael Kelash Ken Koch Amy Koering Paul Kubly Gary Langseth Keith Latz Ron Limmer Warren Lourey Tony Lynch Ann Marty John Metzen James Michel Geoff Moua Mee Murphy Steve Olseen Rick Olson Gen Olson Mary Ortman Julianne Pappas Sandra Pariseau Pat Pogemiller Lawrence Prettner Solon Yvonne Rest Ann Robling Claire Rosen Julie Rummel Sandy Saltzman Kathy Saxhaug Tom Scheid Linda Senjem David Sheran Kathy Sieben Katie Skoe Rod Skogen Dan Sparks Dan Stumpf LeRoy Tomassoni David Torres Ray Patricia Vandeveer Ray Vickerman Jim Wiger Charles

2009 VOTE DESCRIPTIONS

7 14 7 0 8 14 7 7 7 7 43 0 23 21 21 54 21 0 23 64 50 77 0 57 50 64 0 71 67 7 0 7 85 0 7 21 0 79 0 0 7 43 14 93 7 69 7 7 23 62 31 21 7 0 0 57 7 0 7 14 14 0 7 0 64 0 0

9 20 8 10 21 8 18 8 10 4 75 10 54 16 14 73 21 10 56 88 54 94 8 65 80 78 0 88 64 23 13 18 93 3 8 19 14 80 6 10 5 78 11 90 6 85 7 14 27 76 59 19 17 11 13 71 8 15 23 14 19 14 15 3 85 15 23

1) ADDING TO THE STATE DEFICIT (HJ 1952) This bill was to increase the state debt by selling another $200 million in state general operating (GO) bonds. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this unnecessary pork project bill. (Bill passed 93-40) 2) A $1.5 BILLION TAX INCREASE (HJ 4095) This tax bill created a fourth tier income tax, started collecting taxes on music downloads, increased liquor taxes, increased cigarette taxes and removed deductions from some home mortgages. (Bill passed 68-65) 3) TRANSPORTATION BILL, BAD POLICY AND SPENDING PRIORITIES (HJ 4438) This vote was on the $4.3 billion transportation bill that included funding for various light rail and commuter rail projects which continued the trend for rail funding over highways. It also shifted money away from road maintenance. (Bill passed 103-30) 4) AN ENVIRONMENT FINANCE BILL THAT SHIFTED FUNDING TO PET PROJECTS (HJ 4550) This environment finance bill shifted dedicated funds to spending on pet projects and increased fees for a total of about $20 million, increasing spending for a variety of programs. (Bill passed 98-35) 5) GIVING ST. PAUL A STATE BAILOUT (HJ 4694) This vote was on the economic development bill and included a loan forgiveness for the city of St. Paul RiverCentre Arena totaling $32.75 million. The city of St. Paul had originally received a loan to pay for the arena and was now asking for the loan to be forgiven, in other words a taxpayer bailout. (Bill passed 74-57, vetoed by the Governor) 6) ANOTHER TAX INCREASE (HJ 5053) This $1 billion tax increase included the fourth tier tax increase, liquor tax increases, and cigarette tax increases. (Bill passed 86-45, vetoed by the Governor) 7) ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE (HJ 5428) This vote was on the Health and Human Services finance bill. It expanded eligibility for numerous state funded health care programs while cutting hospital, doctor, and provider reimbursements. Under this legislation, the taxpayer would eventually be forced to pay more in taxes as we head towards a state run health care system. (Bill passed 80-51) 8) FEDERAL TAX CONFORMITY AND MORE (HJ 5858) While this bill included federal tax conformity language, it also allowed some local governments to increase the sales tax and permitted unelected local government bodies to issue debt. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this bill. (Bill passed 125-7) 9) INCREASED SPENDING IN THE BONDING BILL (HJ 5966) This bill came back from conference committee with an increase of almost $100 million in spending for a total of nearly $300 million! The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this conference committee report. (Bill passed 109-25) 10) STAY IN COLLEGE LONGER AND GET A GRANT (HJ 6018) This vote on the Higher Education finance bill removed provisions to incentivize college students to graduate on time by allowing a ninth semester of state grant eligibility. The bill also cut funding for some programs while carving out money for the Power of You program that prioritized grant money for students in Minneapolis or St. Paul. (Bill passed 103-31) 11) NO REFORM IN K-12 EDUCATION SPENDING (HJ 6159) In a year of tough state spending times, there was no attempt made to reform K-12 education funding. This K-12 finance bill also had continued funding for the integration program that received criticism in a state auditor’s report. (Bill passed 85-49) 12) STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE BILL (HJ 6267) Again, in a tough fiscal year for state spending priorities, no real spending reform was offered in this bill. The State Legislature also protected themselves by reducing their spending at a smaller rate than most other state agencies. (Bill passed 85-49) 13) GOVERNOR’S VETO OF TAX INCREASES UPHELD (HJ 6563) This key vote was on the attempt by the House DFL to override the Governor’s veto of a $1 billion tax increase including a new fourth tier income tax. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose the override attempt. (Override failed 85-49, 90 votes are required to override a veto) 14) ARTS AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT PORK (HJ 7234) This vote was on the delivery of the pork projects to the special interests who supported the constitutional sales tax increase that was passed last year. It appropriated $87.5 million for numerous special interest projects of questionable value. (Bill passed 103-31) 15) END OF SESSION TAX INCREASE SHENANIGANS (HJ 7456) Just minutes before the midnight deadline on the last night of the session, the Democrats hurried this bill to a vote. This was the third attempt by the DFL leadership to pass a billion dollar tax increase. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose this bill or not vote. (Bill passed 82-47, vetoed by the Governor)
LEGEND: “+”= pro-taxpayer vote “–”= anti-taxpayer vote “*”= did not vote

HOUSE
Party/ Dist, Name
48B R 19A R 13A R 43A R 03A D 39B D 35A R 43B D 57A D 25B D 25A R 27A D 23B D 35B R 56A D 45B D 58B D 61A D 24B R 31B R 62A D 52B R 29A R 52A R 06A D 47A D 33B R 12B D 41A R 28B R 17A R 02A D 19B R 20A D 08B D 26B D 53A D 36B R 15A R 54A D 24A R 48A R 22B R 39A D 66B D 15B D 61B D 46B D 08A D 36A R 34B R 60B D 47B D 14B D 04B R 07A D 16A D 67B D 13B D 59B D 17B D 26A D 60A D 28A R 16B R 50B D 20B D Abeler Jim Anderson Bruce Anderson Paul Anderson Sarah Anzelc Tom Atkins Joe Beard Michael Benson John Bigham Karla Bly David Brod Laura Brown Robin Brynaert Kathy Buesgens Mark Bunn Julie Carlson Lyndon Champion Bobby Joe Clark Karen Cornish Tony Davids Greg Davnie Jim Dean Matt Demmer Randy Dettmer Bob Dill David Dittrich Denise Doepke Connie Doty Al Downey Keith Drazkowski Steve Eastlund Rob Eken Kent Emmer Tom Falk Andrew Faust Tim Fritz Patti Gardner Paul Garofalo Pat Gottwalt Steve Greiling Mindy Gunther Bob Hackbarth Tom Hamilton Rod Hansen Rick Hausman Alice Haws Larry Hayden Jeff Hilstrom Debra Hilty Bill Holberg Mary Liz Hoppe Joe Hornstein Frank Hortman Melissa Hosch Larry Howes Larry Huntley Thomas Jackson Gail Kulick Johnson Sheldon Juhnke Al Kahn Phyllis Kalin Jeremy Kath Kory Kelliher Margaret Anderson Kelly Tim Kiffmeyer Mary Knuth Kate Koenen Lyle

OF
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REPRESENTATIVES
2009 93 0 64 0 0 13 0 0 0 67 64 77 0 0 0 13 43 60 13 0 0 67 0 0 0 0 73 13 20 0 20 7 47 100 0 7 27 0 20 7 13 0 87 7 93 93 0 93 93 0 0 0 93 0 20 20 0 7 0 80 60 0 0 13 67 7 93 LIFE

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53 96 67 79 3 9 77 11 0 3 81 5 3 95 18 21 0 11 67 74 13 85 75 84 12 22 60 5 60 85 81 24 92 0 5 10 8 71 74 20 67 77 60 10 11 8 0 18 17 88 85 12 13 18 59 14 7 14 19 12 0 27 11 87 93 0 14

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Kohls Paul Laine Carolyn Lanning Morrie Lenczewski Ann Lesch John Liebling Tina Lieder Bernard Lillie Leon Loeffler Diane Loon Jenifer Mack Tara Magnus Doug Mahoney Tim Mariani Carlos Marquart Paul Masin Sandra McFarlane Carol McNamara Denny Morgan Will Morrow Terry Mullery Joe Murdock Mark Murphy Erin Murphy Mary Nelson Michael V. Newton Jerry Nornes Bud Norton Kim Obermueller Mike Olin Dave Otremba Mary Ellen Paymar Michael Pelowski Jr. Gene Peppin Joyce Persell John Peterson Sandra Poppe Jeanne Reinert Roger Rosenthal Paul Rukavina Tom Ruud Maria Sailer Brita Sanders Tim Scalze Bev Scott Peggy Seifert Marty Sertich Tony Severson Dan Shimanski Ron Simon Steve Slawik Nora Slocum Linda Smith Steve Solberg Loren Sterner Phillip Swails Marsha Thao Cy Thissen Paul Tillberry Tom Torkelson Paul Urdahl Dean Wagenius Jean Ward John Welti Andy Westrom Torrey Winkler Ryan Zellers Kurt

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Our Mission

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Mike Wigley
Taxpayers League of Minnesota Founder

or over a decade, the Taxpayers League of Minnesota has been fighting the tax-and-spenders in government for you, Minnesota’s taxpayers. With liberals in control of both the Minnesota House and Senate, our work has been cut out for us. But thanks to the support of people all across Minnesota, we have challenged the attitude that growing government and increasing taxes is the solution to almost

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The 2009 Session

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Phil Krinkie
Taxpayers League of Minnesota President

ur efforts were continuous this session to bring as much pressure to bear as possible on liberal legislators intent on raising taxes on everyone in Minnesota. With the strong committment of Governor Pawlenty from the outset to oppose any tax increase we were successful. However, just as in the past, the fight isn't over. Liberal tax-andspenders still control the House and

Senate with large majorities and will return next year once again intent on raising your taxes. Please help us in this effort to limit state government growth and hold the line on taxes. Join the Taxpayers League of Minnesota today!

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