Iowa Democrats hit Pawlenty on property taxes

WASHINGTON — The Iowa Democratic Party is taking on Tim Pawlenty’s record on property taxes.

The party released a web ad Wednesday featuring interviews from Minnesotans who say they were hurt by property taxes that increased because of Pawlenty’s support for local government aid cuts. Between 2002 and 2008, state support for local government aid fell $2.4 billion, and over Pawlenty’s term, cities raised property taxes by $2.7 billion, in part to compensate for those cuts, according to the party.

“As Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty put the burden on the middle class and left the state in a fiscal mess,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky said. “It’s true, if he can do it in Minnesota, he can do it anywhere — we just hope he doesn’t get the chance.”

The ad can be seen here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by John Jordan on 07/06/2011 - 11:54 am.

    In other words, just another dishonest Democrat ad. Not one city or county was forced by any bill signed by Pawlenty forced a property tax increase. If a city or county raises taxes it is all on their head for not finding ways to economize how they do business. Any city or county that still depends on LGA is living in the ’60’s and needs to replace their elected and unelected management.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/06/2011 - 01:21 pm.

    In other words, either municipal governments would have to gut their budgets and eliminate services that people want and need, or they are stuck raising taxes to pay for Pawlenty’s politicking.
    It’s a myth that local governments can cut their budgets by 40% and still maintain what we regards as a modern civilization.
    And then there’s the education can that TPaw keeps kicking down the road. talk to your local school board about the interest costs of the loans that school boards are taking on to cover TPaw’s delayed state payments.

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