2014 Republican Bait and 2015 Switch Part 3

Republicans promise 2014 voters the sun and the moon, deliver missed opportunities

We all know the story of the 2014 election – Republicans told voters that DFLers didn’t care about them and were leaving them behind. 

Now that the dust has settled from the 2015 session and special session, the view is clear that Republicans didn’t deliver. And with the largest budget in state history and a $1.9 billion surplus that could have been invested to build a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, all the Republicans have to show for the session is missed opportunities.

Here’s just one of their votes that show their true beliefs:

Putting corporate special interests first

  • Voted to cut Local Government Aid by $85 million, despite its importance to rural Minnesota cities. (HF848 4285 4/29/15) Unanimous GOP vote, except Albright absent.
  • Voted against increasing property tax refunds for homeowners and renters and increasing Local Government Aid, County Program Aid, and Township Aid in order to cut billions in taxes for the owners of skyscrapers and commercial properties like the Mall of America. (Davnie A71 amendment to Lenczewski DE2 HJP 4272 4/29/15) Unanimous GOP no vote, except Albright absent; P. Anderson, Backer, Bennett, and Miller voted yes.  Baker and Lueck voted for increased property tax relief, LGA, and CPA in Simonson A66 amendment HJP 4264.
  • Voted against tax relief for seniors in order to protect tax benefits for corporations. (Isaaccson A88 amendment to Lenczewski DE2 HJP 4282 4/29/15) Unanimous GOP no vote, except Albright, Hoppe absent.