Minnesota Chamber supports Emmer over Horner

The Minnesota Chamber’s political action committee will support Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s race, after some debate over whether he or Independence Party candidate Tom Horner would be the best bet for the business community.

The Minnesota Chamber Leadership Fund Political Action Committee liked Emmer’s approach to the state’s projected $6 billion shortfall in its general fund, focusing on priority-based budgeting.

“Minnesota businesses must set priorities when times are bad — they expect the same from their state government,” said Steve McCulloch of St. Louis Park, a member of the PAC. “Minnesota has about $33 billion to spend over the next two years. Rep. Emmer’s approach to budgeting ensures that those dollars will go where they will support the greatest economic growth in both the short and long run. This is not the time to increase state tax burdens.”

The Chamber takes a shot at DFLer Mark Dayton, who didn’t screen with the group:

“Minnesota cannot afford a Mark Dayton administration,” said McCulloch. “The business community is unified in stopping his agenda of tax increases that would put all businesses at a disadvantage in today’s global marketplace and, as a result, cripple Minnesota’s economy just when a shot in the arm is needed.”

In a statement, Emmer said: “The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce PAC is committed to expanding business opportunities and growing jobs in Minnesota which is Job One for the next administration. …. I  look forward to working with the Chamber PAC to continue to promote the common sense solutions of government living within its means, putting Minnesotans back to work and real education reform.”

Said Horner: “It’s disappointing, but not surprising that the Minnesota Chamber would endorse the Republican-endorsed candidate. They have been doing that for decades.
“The Chamber and its political action committee have invested significant resources in Emmer’s candidacy, and it would be astonishing if they walked away from their chosen candidate a month before the election.”

Jay Weiner contributed to this report.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/22/2010 - 03:29 pm.

    Too bad that so many in businesses don’t understand business either or otherwise the economy wouldn’t be in such bad shape.

    Does the Chamber of Commerce support the elimination of the minimum wage as Rep. Emmer does?

  2. Submitted by Kathy Coulter on 09/23/2010 - 08:00 am.

    Tom Emmer does not support the elimination of the minimum wage. Spreading mis-information through ignorance or lying is wrong. Believing it is stupid.

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/23/2010 - 04:04 pm.

    The Chamber seems not to realize that a deteriorating infrastructure, including roads and bridges; a school system so starved their kids may not have access to sports or to music and art; universities so underfunded their potential employees can’t afford the resulting tuition raises, et cetera.

    Are these the folks people who work for businesses or who establish small businesses should really be looking to for guidance?

    The Chamber’s announcements closely echo the “What’s the Matter With Kansas” thesis – that voters can be taught that what’s bad for them (lack of revenue) is actually good for them.

    And vice versa … that sufficient taxation to provide a good climate for business development is painted as reckless overspending or a failure by government to live within its means.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/23/2010 - 11:11 pm.

    Kathy Coulter says: “Tom Emmer does not support the elimination of the minimum wage. Spreading mis-information through ignorance or lying is wrong. Believing it is stupid.”

    //But Emmer is making the point that federal law allows states to drop the minimum wage to $2.13 an hour for those making more than $30 a month in gratuities. Minnesota is among the few states that doesn’t allow that adjustment, meaning that at small restaurants, with low gross revenues, employers must pay the prevailing minimum wage of $5.25 an hour. At larger establishments, with higher grosses, the minimum is $6.15. Emmer says that because Minnesota doesn’t adjust the minimum wage to reflect tips, consumers in the state pay more when they go out to eat. //

    //Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, has put forward a new policy for helping the state’s businesses: Lowering the minimum wage for waiters and waitresses, and forcing them to rely more heavily on tips. In a way, this particular Emmer proposal is quite notable in that it uses federal law as a floor, and seeks to standardize Minnesota with the rest of the country.//


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