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Minnesota Majority’s ‘over-the-top’ soup truck travels state mocking Dayton tax plan

A “soup truck,” decorated with a picture of Gov.

A “soup truck,” decorated with a picture of Gov. Mark Dayton eating a bowl of soup, is traveling the state making fun of Dayton’s plan to resolve the state deficit by raising taxes on the highest-earning Minnesotans.

It’s a tactic of the Minnesota Majority, a conservative group that says it tries to “promote traditional values in state and federal public policy through grassroots activism on the part of its members.”

Dayton’s proposal would raise taxes on the top 5 percent of state earners, which, the Minnesota Majority and Republicans in the Legislature claim, would cause businesses to leave the state, taking jobs with them, and, apparently, sending Minnesotans to soup lines.

The truck’s driver, Rick Brock, tells the Bemidji Pioneer: “It’s a little over the top,” but the message is serious. “We’re trying to get the word out about the governor trying to raise taxes. The reality is we don’t have a taxing problem; we have a spending problem.”

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Over the top?

A brochure available in the truck offers tongue-in-cheek tips to survive the governor’s budget:

  • Eating cold canned food, which is already parboiled in the process, and ramen noodles soaked soft without boiling to save energy.
  • Skipping lunch (for those who still have jobs) — “eating three meals a day is overrated.”
  • Skipping lunch and dinner (for those who are unemployed) — “and if you aren’t working, you don’t need the calories.”
  • Recycling toothpaste.
  • “If all else fails, try hitchhiking to South Dakota where taxes are low and jobs are plentiful.”

The truck is scheduled to be in Wadena, Brainerd and Little Falls on Friday.