Dayton’s special session ultimatum

Last night while attending a BPOU fundraiser, we got news that Gov. Dayton won’t call a special session if Republicans insist that the the warehouse sales tax be repealed. Gov. Dayton’s insistence that Republicans not attempt to repeal the warehouse sales tax is puzzling. Gov. Dayton knows it’s hurting Minnesota’s economy. Gov. Dayton knows Red Wing Shoes is holding off on a $20,000,000 warehouse project until they know that tax is repealed. There’s nothing positive gained by keeping the Democrats’ mistake tax on the books. There’s plenty of economic bad news that likely will happen if it isn’t repealed.

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Weak Governor Opposes Tax Repeal

Appearing weaker by the day, Gov. Dayton is publically opposing the repeal of the warehousing services tax increase: Dayton has said a repeal of the warehousing tax can wait until the 2014 session, because it doesn’t take effect until next April. That’s a feeble argument. ‘It can wait because it won’t hurt businesses until April’ isn’t compelling, especially considering this information:

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Political Pandering 101

When Mark Dayton worked in Washington, he was pretty much worthless. Even he gave himself a failing grade. Minnesotans agreed, which is why Republicans were salivating at the thought of running against him in 2006. One thing he was good at, though, was pandering, especially when it came to the Democrats’ “groups.” This week, there was a sighting of Gov. Dayton the pander bear at FarmFest, the annual event where politicians do their best to pledge their undying loyalty to the family farm. This time, Dayton the Pander Bear was in plain sight:

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Daudt, Hann pledge bipartisan support

Thursday, Speaker Thissen and Sen. Bakk sent a letter to Rep. Daudt and Sen. Hann asking for bipartisan support during the upcoming special session. Thursday afternoon, Rep. Daudt and Sen. Hann pledged their support in a hand-delivered letter: We received your letter regarding a proposed Special Session. Our top priority is to provide disaster relief to the eighteen counties included in the disaster relief declaration signed by President Obama. We have a rich tradition of supporting Minnesota counties and nothing should stand in the way of Minnesotans receiving the support they need.

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Gov. Dayton, Democrats tax first, think later

This article is proof that Democrats raise taxes reflexively, then think about the negative consequences of those tax hikes later: In a sudden reversal, Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s open to expanding the scope of a possible special session to include the repeal of a new sales tax on farm equipment repair. Dayton shared his revised position Thursday at Farmfest, according to media reports. An aide later confirmed the shift.

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