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Minnesota Republicans will rally in support of Pawlenty spending amendment

The Republican Party of Minnesota plans a Dec. 7 rally at the state Capitol to support Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s proposed constitutional amendment that would cap state spending to match state income.

Rep. Paul Kohls and Sen. Amy Koch, legislative sponsors of the amendment, will be featured at the 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. event in the rotunda.

“I support the Spending Accountability Amendment because it’s just common sense that spending should match income. On December 7, I look forward to joining with fellow Minnesotans at the State Capitol to make our voices heard on this important issue,” Koch said in a statement.

Said Kohls: “It seems we are always waiting until the last days of the legislative session to agree on how much to spend. It’s time we put a stop to that approach. If we know from the start the maximum amount that can be spent, we can focus on actually setting priorities, reforming government and spending taxpayer money more effectively. We need to stop debating how much to grow government and start talking about how we can best create jobs for Minnesotans.” 

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 11/25/2009 - 11:19 am.

    Great! The Republican Party, which is now more like a small gathering than a party, is going to codify their greatest public service failure — No New Taxes — and lose what little shame and crediibility that remains.

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 11/25/2009 - 01:24 pm.

    I’m glad that the federal government had no such restriction. So should Tim Pawlenty, because the “borrow and spend” feds made it easier for the governor to be rigidly against tax increases while still maintaining needed government services due to the federal cash infusion into the Mn State budget.

    California is a place where there are all sorts of restrictions on raising revenues, and they’re having a heck of a time governing effectively.

    I prefer that elected representatives make these choices about spending relative to income based on the facts of the circumstance rather than some rigid abstract ideology that spending and income should always match. If that were true, few of us would live in homes, for we could not afford them without spending money we borrow from others.

    Republicans – not content to drown government in a bathtub (Grover Norquist) – seem to want to tie it up in a financial straightjacket until the drowning is complete.

    And that is a bad governing philosophy that should be rejected

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/25/2009 - 04:18 pm.

    This is just another move in the Destroy Government Campaign.

    If spending is limited to revenues received, all the governor has to do is to control revenues — as our Tim has so cleverly done during his reign of error.

    (Will there be a counter-demonstration?)

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