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Continued: DFL and GOP dissect one-party Minnesota legislative session

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 21, 2013 - 11:20 PM

‘Overreach’

GOP critics, meanwhile, focused on the tax hikes and the unionization issue in their day-after comments.

“What we have now is that Minnesota will be one of the highest-taxed states in the nation,” said Thompson at a Capitol news briefing.

He accused the DFL of promising to tax the wealthy, but instead levying taxes on cigarettes and services like warehouse storage. “I’m not a believer in growing government and bigger spending, but if we’re going to do it, please help the people who need it most. Don’t pay back the people who contributed to your campaigns,” Thompson said, referring to the unionization bill.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, who took part in a GOP state tour Tuesday, said his message was one of overreach and his evidence was the tax hikes.

“That’s what happens when you have one-party control for state government,” he said in an interview. He added that gay marriage did not come up much during the tour but he discussed the unionization issue. “That’s not putting Minnesotans first — that’s putting yourself first,” Daudt said.

He said the post-session focus is on the state’s economy, not social issues. “Growing the Minnesota economy — that’s what will help Minnesota families do better and succeed,” he said.

Staff writer Jennifer Brooks contributed to this report.

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