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Mar 28, 2011


Chris David

I'm from Minneapolis, so I won't really have to pay any of this tax unless I decide to head down to Rochester. As far as I'm concerned, the local residents should get to decide this issue at the polls.

But, I have to say, I saw part of this discussion on TV in the late afternoon, and I heard Rep. Davids talking about how he doesn't want to have to make his constituents pay this tax without getting a vote on it. Trouble is, Rep. Davids voted in 2006 to allow Hennepin County to impose a Stadium sales tax with NO referendum at all. This proposal for Rochester has a referendum. So if he thinks a county should be able to impose a tax with no referendum, why is it such a problem for Davids to have a City council assemble their own proposal for consideration by voters without his meddling? But maybe he just makes it up as he goes along. After all, in the debate, he even admitted that he had "evolved," because he claime that jn his first election in a special election in 1991, he promised to get rid of the Rochester sales tax. So he's saying that city fathers should be lucky that "Uncle Greg"--and yes he did refer to himself as Uncle Greg--decided to support any tax at all. Sigh. Well, elections have consequences. Remember that in November 2012 , ok?

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