Will Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer get any newspaper endorsements this year? Tom Horner has racked up another one, this time from the suburban-focused and rural-focused ECM chain:
When it comes to the budget, Horner favors a balanced approach. He supports tax reduction for businesses to allow Minnesota’s companies to invest in research and development, setting up the building blocks for future success. And he favors lowering the sales tax one percent but expanding the tax base to include more items such as clothing. We agree with this plan supporting an expert-endorsed stable revenue tax rather than a system that relies increasingly on a regressive property tax with declining property values.
ECM was founded by moderate Republican Gov. Elmer L. Andersen, so it’s not a shock they would endorse a candidate closest to their patriarch’s roots. Like Horner, Andersen drifted away from the party, endorsing Democrat John Kerry for President in 2004.
The chain’s papers include the Anoka County ABC Newspapers, Caledonia Argus, ECM Post Review, Forest Lake Times, Isanti County News, Mille Lacs County Times, Morrison County Record, Princeton Union-Eagle, and Dakota County Tribune (on the web under the ThisWeekLive banner).