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GOP legislators attack Horner sales tax proposal with creative visual presentation

While DFLers we’re firing away at Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer at a news event this morning, Republicans were preparing a blast at the Independence Party’s Tom Horner in an early afternoon event.

The most creative parts of the Republicans’ attack on Horner’s sales tax proposals were the visuals.

Sen. Warren Limmer of Maple Grove and Rep. Joe Hoppe of Chaska were surrounded by a casket, a stack of newspapers and bags of clothes, all of which would (or could be) subject to the broadening of the sales tax Horner has proposed.

“Today we are showing Minnesotans what a Tom Horner sales tax would look like to demonstrate just how aggressive Tom Horner’s sales tax extensions would be,’’ said Hoppe, a member of the House Commerce Committee.

Added Limmer, a member of the Senate Tax Committee: “Tom Horner’s regressive sales tax extension is bad news for Minnesotans in all income levels. If you think government must live within its mean and increasing taxes is a bad idea, Tom Emmer is your only choice [for governor].”

Limmer, in a statement, also had this unusual comment: “If you think tax increases are good, you have two career politicians to choose from, Tom Horner or Mark Dayton.’’

Horner never has run for office, although Republicans keep insisting that much of his government-related work as a PR executive makes him a career pol.

Dayton and Horner, meantime, have noted that Emmer hardly is a political newcomer. He was first elected to the House in 2004 and is completing his third term. Before that, he was a seven-year member of the Delano City Council.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/21/2010 - 04:32 pm.

    What a hoot..

    Rep. Emmer’s plan to ‘contract our way to growth’ will bring Hoover like austerity to Minnesota.

    Horner’s plan has the support of moderate republicans that agree with this approach revenue. DFLers such as Senator Tom Bakk of the Finance and Tax committee also agree with a broader sales tax.

  2. Submitted by David Greene on 10/22/2010 - 12:00 am.

    Warren Limmer talking about regressive taxes is about as disingenuous as one can get.

  3. Submitted by Bruce Anderson on 10/22/2010 - 12:14 am.

    Oh those clever republicans. How many times are we going to see that same dog and pony.

    Doug: you did not mention Emmer raised taxes when he was a city council member. Not only is he a career politican (and a bad one) he is also a tax and spend…conservative?

  4. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 10/27/2010 - 02:39 pm.

    The casket as a prop seems like kids making Halloween costumes. Those of us that have had a recent family funeral or are confronting our own mortality due to cancer or other health issues have a difficult time appreciating their visual “creativity.”

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