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 cops, etc? 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 away 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 REMINDERS: 1. Be civil! Please read the NEW RULES at http://www.e-democracy.org/rules. If you think a member is in violation, contact the list manager at [EMAIL PROTECTED] before continuing it on the list. 2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait. For state and national discussions see: http://e-democracy.org/discuss.html For external forums, see: http://e-democracy.org/mninteract ________________________________ Minneapolis Issues Forum - A Civil City-focused Civic Discussion - Mn E-Democracy Post messages to: mailto:email@example.com Subscribe, Un-subscribe, etc. at: http://e-democracy.org/mpls