Fair-goers of the “absolutely-no-tax-increases” crowd can stop by the Minnesota Taxpayer’s League booth under the grandstand and send a postcard to political candidates who haven’t pledged to avoid tax increases.
The League has asked candidates to pledge that they “will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Dozens of candidates have signed the pledge, although some were defeated in the Aug. 10 primary.
Hundreds of candidates haven’t signed the pledge, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who’s not on the website list.
The postcards request a response from the non-pledging candidates, and includes a list of reasons for why they won’t sign the pledge. Possible choices listed by the League include: I forgot; I don’t like to make commitments I can’t keep; or I plan on raising taxes.
Not included among the choices: Raising taxes of some sort might possibly be on the menu of ways to reasonably and responsibly deal with the burgeoning budget deficit.