This "right" to vote on local sales tax is less than 20 years old and was put in place by state legislators for political reasons and can be taken away by state legislators for political reasons. What is the legal, constitional, or moral reason the approval mechanism for a local sales tax be different than that of property taxes? Also if enough people disagree with any tax increase you do have a say - vote out those who approved the tax increase and vote into office candidates who promise to repeal the tax.
Dean E. Carlson Ward 10, East Harriet ----- Original Message ----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Date: Monday, December 5, 2005 8:29 am Subject: [Mpls] Twins stadium is a trojan horse > 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:firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe, Un-subscribe, etc. at: http://e-democracy.org/mpls