Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A DFLer who can say no

Rep. Ann Lenczewski (R-Bloomington) Photo: MN HouseIf we must have a DFLer chair the Minnesota House Taxes Committee, instead of former chair and new Taxpayers League of Minnesota President Phil "Dr. No" Krinkie, we could do a lot worse than Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL-Bloomington).

Lenczewski (pronounced len-CHESS-key, as her campaign lawn signs say helpfully) was on Krinkie's and our side of the fence on the Twins stadium tax (which is to say, she opposed it). Now with The Mall of America begging the state for $234 million to subsidize its expansion, and the promise of a net positive economic impact (sound familiar?), Lenczewski is sounding almost Krinkiesque:
"There will be a bunch of people who will say that it's not the proper role of government," she said. "We're supposed to be figuring out how to fund K-12 education, and how to get more people health care, not promoting a shopping mall."
Speaking of taxes, 100.3 KTLK-FM personality Jason Lewis's Tax Cut Coalition has reportedly reached over 11,000 members. Its first official meeting will be on the steps of the State Capitol, on Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 noon. In an e-mail, Lewis is urging all coalition members to invite five friends to join him, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6), and (I would imagine) Krinkie, David Strom, and several thousand other fiscal conservatives at the rally.

Consider yourself invited. Perhaps Rep. Lenczewski will be there!

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