Monday, July 5, 2010

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Sharons Response to her Opponent Chris in the MN AG's Race

Apparantly you did not read the article on Pawlenty Health Care
Sharon has not "Pledged" to ignore the Obama Care and or

Therefore Guide yourself accordingly: Ignorance of the Law is
no excuse. Have a Great Day
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Click here: Search Results - Links do not appear so drag and dropp Html re:Governor rapped for Medicaid “opt-out” Small, rural hospitals, struggling to stay afloat … more
Small, rural hospitals, struggling to stay afloat financially, took another blow last week when Gov. Tim Pawlenty turned down the opportunity for Minnesota to get an early start at expanding Medicaid … more
Officials with the League of Minnesota Cities are hoping a startling new analysis of city finances will jump start a statewide discussion about how cities can continue to provide services in the face of unprecedented budget challenges. According to the analysis, prepared by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, cities of all sizes in all regions of the state will be broke by the year 2015 if current revenue and spending trends continue. The report was released late last week at the League’s annual conference for city officials. According to the projection, cities will experience deficits equal to 35 percent of city revenues by the year 2025. Cities across the state face similar prospects, regardless of size, local tax base, or economic conditions. “All types of Minnesota cities will end up in the red if big changes aren’t made to city services, funding for those services, or both,” stated a press statement issued by the League. To develop the projection, the Humphrey Institute relied primarily on data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Office of the State Auditor. Researchers analyzed 11 years worth of historical city revenue and expenditure data, as well as state aid and property tax data. Based on those historical trends, they projected what overall city revenues and expenditures would look like through the year 2025 assuming no policy changes. A more in-depth explanation of the projection can be found at
. League Executive Director Jim Miller said the report isn’t intended to advocate for any one solution, but to make people aware of the issues and the choices that need to be made. “We need to start having frank discussions about it, and recognize that the solution can’t be all about raising taxes or cutting services,” said Miller. In order to facilitate that discussion, the League is soliciting public ideas and comments on city services and funding through a new blog site (
). The thoughts and ideas gathered from contributors will form the basis for policy proposals and possible legislative action. The League has also posted an informational video on the situation, which can be viewed at outsidetheox Neither taxes nor spending cuts alone While many cities have turned to property increases to cover cuts in local government aid, or LGA, over the past several years, “city officials realize that can’t continue indefinitely,” Miller said. According to Miller, cities across the state have also instituted efficiencies and cut costs through layoffs and reductions in response to reduced LGA payments. At the same time, Miller said the League is fighting the view that the problems can be fixed all on the spending side, a position aired by Gov. Tim Pawlenty last Friday in response to the League’s report. “That’s exactly the kind of mentality we’re trying to break,” said Miller. Without some form of additional revenue, “the only alternative would be radical reductions in services, including public safety,” Miller said. The result of this fall’s gubernatorial election could determine to a large extent which view holds sway in the state over the next four years. Republican hopeful Tom Emmer has called for cutting state spending by as much as 30 percent, a proposal that is unlikely to spare LGA. “But even if we end up with a governor who is more amenable to tax increases, there will be another round of budget cuts, and it’s probably inevitable that LGA will be part of that equation,” said Miller. “We’re going to do our best to argue that cities have already given up a lot.” League officials may also argue that cities need more flexibility to raise revenues in other ways if the state is going to continue to chop away at LGA. “When you go back to the whole idea of the Minnesota Miracle, it meant in return for state money, cities lost flexibility to impose local taxes. If we’re going to break one part of the agreement, we may have to look at giving cities greater flexibility to raise revenues in other ways,” said Miller. Local sales taxes are one possibility, which Miller said could help some cities. ‘For places like Ely or Bemidji, where you have significant retail sectors and a large amount of tourism, it may help,” said Miller. But other cities, he said, don’t have the retail sector needed to generate significant sales tax revenue, and those cities will need to seek other solutions. more
Last week, a US House of Representatives member from Texas – a Republican – apologized to the CEO of British Petroleum for what the Representative called a “shakedown.” The hapless Texan, … more
ing new analysis of city finances will jump start a state
In a message dated 7/5/2010 1:47:09 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:
< wrote to and "Chris please comment Sharon is fully prepared to debate and Fight you, to make DFL Accountable.............".>>
Greetings Sharon, Thanks for all you do to inform voters. Here is a good partial summary of why Obamacare is unconstitutional.
Many thanks and best wishes to you, Chris Barden

APRIL 20, 2010 4:00 A.M.
The Taxing Power of Obamacare
It is unconstitutional for the federal government to force people to buy a private product.

The litigation battle has begun. While the legal arguments are technical, the basic issue is straightforward: Can the federal government force people to buy a product — in this instance, health insurance — from a private company?

Advocates of Obamacare claim that the mandate to purchase health insurance is authorized under the Commerce Clause. But constitutional experts note that this expansion of power is unprecedented. The only way for the Supreme Court to find Obamacare constitutional via the Commerce Clause would be for it to announce, for the first time in 221 years, that there are essentially no structural limits on the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce.

That’s why the administration had to devise a fallback position: that the penalty for not buying health insurance is authorized under Congress’s power “to lay and collect Taxes.” But that argument fails on three counts.

First, the penalty is not a tax; it’s a fine. The president said as much when confronted with the argument that it violated his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

“For an exaction to be a true tax,” writes the Institute for Justice, “it has to be a genuine revenue-raising measure.” IJ attorneys Jeff Rowes and Robert McNamara looked at 95 categories of state and federal taxes. Each of them had an obvious revenue-generating purpose. While some taxes also have a regulatory purpose — such as the cigarette
July 5, 2010
Greetings Sharon,
You and I pledged to each other to keep our attacks 100% focused on Lori Swanson and the DFL. I will keep my pledge and thus will only debate Lori Swanson. Let's both continue to inform the public of the urgent need to reform the AG's office!
Very best wishes to you,
Chris Barden

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