Zellers renews pledge not to raise taxes, touts first television ad
July 23, 2014 — 12:52pm
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers renewed his pledge Wednesday that he will never increase taxes if elected.
“I think Minnesotans need to know going in before they elect a governor that they won’t raise taxes,” the former Minnseota House Speaker told reporters. “I made that commitment in the past, whether on paper or in person, but I think now more than ever after the confusion we’ve seen in the last two years, that it’s critically important that voters know going in.”
Zellers said the no-tax-increase pledge ranges from individuals to business owners, even cigarettes.
Zellers said that of his three fellow GOP contenders—Former GOP House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and businessman Scott Honour— “to date, there’s been no one” who has taken a similar pledge.
Though his stance on refusing to raise taxes hasn't changed, Zellers said it's important to take the pledge to reiterate where he stands.
"If you are going to run against three other very well-qualified candidates but also a governor, you have to let the voters know," Zellers said. "I would rather err on the side of making sure they know than have someone think 'Well, all those politicians said they were gonna tax rich people and now I'm paying a dollar more on a pack of smokes.'"
If elected, Zellers said any proposed tax increase sent to his desk from the Legislature would be vetoed.
Zellers wouldn't say if he intends to run more television ads before the primary. The current ad airs on cable statewide in the Rochester, Fargo-Moorhead and Minneapolis and St. Paul markets.
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