Thank You to Governor Pawlenty

14th Annual

Legislative Scorecard • 2010
2010 Best Friends of the Taxpayer
All of the legislators below received a score of 100% on our 2010 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) 10th award Representative Mark Buesgens R-Jordan (35B) 8th award Representative Steve Drazkowski R-Wabasha (28B) 1st award Senator Ray Vandeveer R-Forest Lake (52) 2nd award

2010 Scorecard Summary

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his year’s legislative grudge match actually started at the end of the 2009 session when Governor Pawlenty balanced the state budget by making $2.7 billion in budget cuts without consulting DFL leadership or calling a special legislative session. Even though the animosity started with the $2.7 billion in budget reduction it quickly expanded to a $380 million veto of funding for the General Assistance Medical Care program. Next the Democrats rushed to pass a one billion dollar building construction bill paid for with state bonds. Governor Pawlenty had clearly stated his objections to any bill spending more than $750 million. Even with the threat of a veto, the DFL forged ahead passing a $1.1 billion package of construction projects. Upon receiving the bill, the governor line-item vetoed $319 million of projects from the bill. The fight that had been simmering for months over the General Assistance Medical Care program funding began to boil next. Again, Democrat legislators had attacked the governor

for eight months regarding his veto of this program. In their defense, DFL leaders worked long and hard to craft legislation to address the health care needs for this very low income population. Even though their bill had broad bipartisan support, Governor Pawlenty quickly rejected the bill with another veto. This sent the Democrats scrambling to find an alternative solution before funding was entirely eliminated on April 1st. In quick fashion, DFL legislators worked out a compromise with the governor and passed another General Assistance Medical Care bill which the governor did sign. In the biggest surprise of the 2010 session, the Minnesota Supreme Court in early May ruled that Governor Pawlenty had overreached his executive authority when he unilaterally made $2.7 billion in budget cuts in June of 2009. Faced with the prospects of having to resolve a $3 billion budget hole, and with only two weeks left before the mandated adjournment of May 17th, there were few options available to the DFL legislative majorities to close the

budget gap. As usual the Democrats went to their old reliable maneuver --- "tax the rich" tax increase. But their patented "tax the rich" move failed, just as it had at the end of the 2009 session. With a package of budget cuts and a $450 million income tax increase, the DFL leadership was barely able to muster enough votes to pass their last ditch attempt to balance the budget. Even before the bill was passed, the governor pledged to veto their proposed tax increase. Now with only nine days before adjournment, Democrats were bewildered. Their hopes of a $400 million state bailout arriving from federal health care dollars disappeared along with their efforts to raise taxes. There was little left for the DFL majorities to do but to rubber stamp the budget unallotments that they had so strenuously objected to for the last 10 months. Governor Pawlenty was able to emerge victorious from a bruising and bitter legislative contest. While Democrats held their heads high for providing a balanced budget, most of their budget solutions were thwarted by the governor in the end.

STATE SENATE
2010 VOTE DESCRIPTIONS
(SJ = Senate Journal Page SF = Senate File)

1) MORE MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE (SJ 7019) – This bill added spending to an out of control general assistance medical care program in dire need of reform. A vote against is scored as a plus. (SF 2168 passed 47-16, vetoed by the governor.) 2) BILLION DOLLAR DEBT INCREASE (SJ 7137) – Despite a billion dollar budget deficit the legislature’s first action was to increase the state’s debt by $1.2B. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose it. (SF 2360 passed 47-19.) 3) BILLION DOLLAR DEBT INCREASE TAKE TWO (SJ 7665) – After a threatened veto of the billion dollar bonding bill by the governor, the legislative conference committee nicked the bloated debt increase legislation from $1.2 billion down to $1.1 billion. A vote against the bill is scored as a plus. (SF 2360 passed 49-17.) 4) ADOPTION OF GOVERNOR PAWLENTY’S BUDGET (SJ 8837) – In an attempt to resolve the budget impasse, Governor Pawlenty’s entire budget proposal was offered as an amendment to SF3223. The taxpayer friendly position was to vote ‘yes’. (Amendment failed 10-56.) 5) THEY CALLED IT A “JOBS BILL” (SJ 9254) – This bill had nothing to do with creating jobs, what it did was pick winners and losers. The bill provided a tax credit to “angel investors” but no incentive for those in a position to create jobs to do so. Opposing the bill was the taxpayer friendly vote. (SF 2568 passed 58-3.) 6) INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT PLANS (SJ 10364) – This amendment would have provided portability and investment choice for state employees’ pensions, and saved the taxpayers money by establishing individual accounts for retirement. A vote for is scored as a plus. (The amendment failed 24-36.)
LEGEND: “+”= pro-taxpayer vote “–”= anti-taxpayer vote “*”= did not vote

7) OMNIBUS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BILL (SJ 10411) – The estimated cost of this expansion of services is $1.42B over three years from surcharges on hospitals, insurance companies, and group homes which will increase health care costs at a time when we should be focused on lowering health care costs. The taxpayer friendly vote was against it. (The bill passed 42-19 and was vetoed by the governor.) 8) RAISING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE (SJ 10867) – Minnesota already has the 3rd highest corporate tax rate in the world! Raising the rate would make Minnesota businesses less competitive and increase unemployment. A vote in opposition is scored as a plus. (Amendment failed 9-57.) 9) JUST ANOTHER TAX INCREASE (SJ 10867) – Once again the DFL controlled legislature proposal was to add a new fourth tier to income tax rates. The increase in revenue was estimated at more than $400 million a year. The taxpayer friendly vote is against (SF 1556 passed 34-33.) 10) MORE TAXES (SJ 10875) – The bill represents a landfill of tax changes including the authorization of several local option sales taxes for select cities as well as $34 million additional debt for the Met Council. A vote against it is the taxpayer friendly vote. (SF 3327 passed 54-13.) 11) WASTEFUL SPENDING OF LEGACY MONEY (SJ 11465) – $26 million of dedicated arts and heritage funding was parceled out to special interest groups for worthless endeavors like $1.8 million for landowners to protect rocks. The taxpayer friendly vote was ‘no’. (SF 2462 passed 59-7.) 12) MORE TAXES (SJ 12051) – The bill represents a potpourri of tax changes including the authorization of higher food, beverage, and lodging taxes for select cities as well as $34 million additional debt for the Met Council. The taxpayer friendly vote is against. (SF 3327 passed 50-17.)

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2010 VOTE DESCRIPTIONS
(HJ = House Journal Page HF = House File) 1) BILLION DOLLAR DEBT INCREASE (HJ 7795) – Despite a billion dollar budget deficit, the legislature’s first action was to increase the state’s debt by $1.2B. The taxpayer friendly vote was to oppose it. (HF 2700 passed 92-37.) 2) MORE MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE (HJ 7865) – This bill added spending to an out of control general assistance medical care program in dire need of reform. A vote against the bill is scored as a plus. (HF 2680 passed 125-9, but was vetoed by the governor.) 3) BILLION DOLLAR DEBT INCREASE TAKE TWO (HJ 8664) After a threatened veto of the billion dollar bonding bill by the governor, the legislative conference committee nicked the bloated debt increase legislation from $1.2 billion down to $1.1 billion. (HF 2700 passed 85-46. The governor did veto $319 million from the bill.) 4) COMMON SENSE BUDGETING (HJ 9180) – This was a vote to adopt zero based budgeting for the state’s programs. A system of zero based budgeting would require the legislature to closely examine all agency spending. The taxpayer friendly vote was a vote for the amendment. (Amendment to HF 1671 was adopted on a vote of 71-63.) 5) REDUCE THE CORPORATE TAX RATE (HJ 9733) – The vote was to reduce the corporate tax rate .5% a year for 10 years starting in 2012. Minnesota has the third highest corporate tax rate in the world! The taxpayer friendly vote was a vote in favor. (HF 2695 failed 52-80.) 6) THEY CALLED IT A “JOBS BILL” (HJ 9761) – This bill had nothing to do with creating jobs, what it did was pick winners and losers. The bill provided a tax credit to “angel investors” but no incentive for current employers to create jobs. Opposing the bill was the taxpayer friendly vote. (HF 2695 passed 112-20.) 7) CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITS ON STATE SPENDING (HJ 11149) –This was a proposed Constitutional Amendment to limit spending in the current biennium to the amount of revenue collected during the previous two years. The taxpayer friendly vote was against laying on the table. (Motion was not to vote on the Minority Report, passed 8548.) 8) HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HJ 11338) – The bill raised taxes on corporations which totaled more than $150 million over 3 years to pay for expanded health care services. A vote against is scored as a plus. (HF 2614 passed 79-54. The governor vetoed the bill.) 9) INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT PLANS (HJ 11929) – This amendment would have provided portability and investment choice for state employees’ pensions, and saved the taxpayers money by establishing individual accounts for retirement. A vote for is scored as a plus. (The amendment failed 33-91.) 10) JUST ANOTHER TAX INCREASE (HJ 12091) – Once again the DFL controlled legislature proposal was to add a new fourth tier to income tax rates. The increase in revenue was estimated at more than $400 million a year. (HF 2037 passed 71-63, vetoed by the governor.) 11) ADDITIONAL TAXATION WITHOUT A VOTE (HJ 12470) – The omnibus K-12 education bill contained a landfill of policy changes but the most dangerous proposal was to allow school boards to extend property tax levies without a popular vote. (HF 3833 passed 86-47, died in Senate Committee.) 12) WASTEFUL SPENDING OF LEGACY MONEY (HJ 12688) - $26 million of dedicated arts and heritage funding was parceled out to special interest groups for worthless endeavors like $1.8 million for landowners to protect rocks. The taxpayer friendly vote was ‘no’. (HF 2624 was passed 95-36.) 13) RESTRICTING GOVERNOR’S UNALLOTMENT AUTHORITY (HJ 13005) – Because the DFL controlled legislature disapproved of the governor’s budget balancing moves in 2009, they attempted to restrict the budget cutting power of the governor. Voting against it is scored as a plus. (HF 2866 passed 87-43.) 14) MORE TAXES (HJ 13325) – The bill represents a potpourri of tax changes including the authorization of higher food, beverage, and lodging taxes for select cities as well as $34 million additional debt for the Met Council. The taxpayer friendly vote was against. (HF 3729 passed 78-53.) 15) ADDITIONAL TAXATION WITHOUT A VOTE, TAKE TWO (HJ 13664) – This second attempt to allow school boards to extend property tax levies without a popular vote had similar language to the previous omnibus K-12 bill. A vote against is scored as a plus. (HF 2072 was passed 77-53.) LEGEND: “+”= pro-taxpayer vote “–”= anti-taxpayer vote “*”= did not vote

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Thank you Governor Pawlenty

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s Governor Pawlenty completes his second term, he leaves a record as one of the most fiscally conservative governors in the history of Minnesota. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and express gratitude for the governor’s commitment to not raising taxes and protecting Minnesotans’ economic liberty. The taxpayers of Minnesota owe Governor Pawlenty an enormous thank you for keeping his pledge not to raise taxes, and making his budget decisions based on that premise. During his eight years as Governor, he has balanced the state’s budget, reduced wasteful spending, reformed health care and improved the state’s education system without raising taxes. After being elected governor in 2002, Governor Pawlenty kept his campaign promise not to raise taxes yet was able to balance the budget every year and even managed to cut state taxes by nearly $800 million. In his eight years as Governor, Pawlenty skillfully moved state spending downward every year at an average of 2 percent per year. During his administration Governor Pawlenty has brought increased accountability to state government and improved outcomes in numerous state programs.

During his tenure in office, Governor Pawlenty has faced some of the most difficult budget challenges the state has had in the last 50 years. Despite these budget woes Governor Pawlenty's accomplishments include; enacting a property tax cap, reforming teacher’s compensation, and instituting free-market health care reforms. Governor Tim Pawlenty was a champion for the taxpayers again in the 2010 legislative session. When the legislature passed a $1.1 billion package of construction projects despite his objections, the governor line-item vetoed $319 million of projects from the bill. The governor also fought for key education reform this year. Because the legislature failed to pass the governor’s reforms, the state lost out on millions in funding to reward school innovation. At the end of the budget negotiation Governor Pawlenty's commitment to not raise taxes was tested yet again. Just days before final adjournment the House and Senate resorted to balancing the budget by adding a new income tax tier on Minnesota’s job creators. Once more the governor was forced to veto their tax bill. In the end the governor was able to persuade the legislature to pass a balanced budget without raising taxes. We are delighted to say “thank you” to Governor Pawlenty on behalf of the Minnesota taxpayer.

2010 Friends of the Taxpayer
Legislators who earned a score of 90% or better

Rep. Bob Dettmer
R-Forest Lake (52A)

Rep. Rod Hamilton
R-Mountain Lake (22B)

Rep. Joyce Peppin
R-Rogers (32A)

Rep. Marty Seifert
R-Marshall (21A)

Rep. Dan Severson
R-Sauk Rapids (14A)

Rep. Ron Shimanski Sen. Debbie Johnson Sen. Mike Jungbauer Sen. Warren Limmer
R-Silver Lake (18A) R-Ham Lake (49) R-East Bethel (48) R-Maple Grove (32)

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Our Mission
citizens of Minnesota. We provide a complete list of all candidates who have signed the Taxpayers Protection Pledge on our website: www.taxpayersleague.org or you can can request the information from our office at 651-294-3590. Thank you for your commitment to individual liberty and to the economic prosperity of our state.

or over a decade the Taxpayers League of Minnesota has asked for a simple commitment from all candidates for state office, a pledge to not raise taxes. The wording is straight forward: I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Minnesota that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. The message is clear. Hard working Minnesotans already

pay enough in taxes, and the state budget problems are caused by excessive spending not a lack of revenue. The commitment is simple. Pledge to the citizens of the state that you will not place any additional

tax burden on their shoulders to operate the necessary functions of state government. We encourage you to ask any and all candidates for office to make this simple and straight forward commitment to the

The 2010 Session

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Phil Krinkie
Taxpayers League of Minnesota President

his year the Taxpayers League has compiled its 14th Minnesota Legislative scorecard. Its purpose is to give citizens an overview of the legislative session by selecting what we believe are key votes on fiscal and budget issues. The main objective is to give citizens a resource by which to hold their elected representatives accountable.

Each year taxpayers fund state government with billions of their hard earned wages. The major responsibility of the legislature is to spend these resources for the maximum benefit of the public. It is my hope that you will find this legislative scorecard beneficial in your endeavors to measure the effectiveness of our elected officials.

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