The Hennepin County board wants to impose a local sales tax without voter 
approval to pay for a new Twins stadium. It's a tiny tax. It's for the baseball 
fans. Right?

The stadium deal will set a precendent. If Hennepin County can hike a local 
sales tax without voter approval today for a stadium, why not again tomorrow 
for something else? And why should other local governments have to get voter 
approval to do a sales tax hike to pay for sports facilities, schools, more 

Getting behind a public ownership proposal is a way to oppose "the deal" 
without really opposing the most critical part of the deal, which is to strip 
our right to vote on proposals to hike local sales taxes.  Many politicians 
apparently fear that taking a clear position against a local sales tax hike to 
pay for a stadium will get the Twins fans mad at them. 

-Doug Mann, King Field 
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