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The fourth ad from MN Forward, “Trick or Treat,” will be airing now through Election Day.  The ad features a county sheriff’s deputy who is married to a nurse, speaking out against Mark Dayton’s plans to raise taxes on Minnesota families and job providers.

“Mark Dayton’s massive tax increases will kill jobs and take money from hardworking Minnesotans,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward.  “While Dayton claims he’ll only ‘tax the rich,’ DFL Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Dayton’s plan would tax middle-income couples.”

During a DFL debate, Kelliher said, “You’re not wealthy if you are a police officer married to a nurse in the state of Minnesota, in my book you are middle class.”

The county sheriff’s deputy in the ad has been a police officer for 20 years and is married to a nurse.  They are one of thousands of households that could be impacted by Dayton’s tax hikes.

“Minnesota now has the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the nation and has been outperforming most states in job growth over the past year,” McClung said.  “Mark Dayton’s plan would create additional uncertainty for businesses and would harm job growth.  In addition, with a more than $1 billion gap in his budget, Dayton will likely have to turn to additional tax increases on middle class families.  That’s not the right direction for our state.”

New MN Forward ad “Still Sad?” Highlights Dayton’s Plans to Raise Taxes Comments Off

MN Forward has released its third ad of the 2010 campaign, “Still Sad?”. The ad is a follow-up to the group’s previous ad, “Knock Down,” and highlights DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton’s plans to increase job-killing taxes by $5 billion.

“It’s clear the number one issue in this election is how best to position Minnesota for job growth,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward. “Mark Dayton’s plan to raise taxes by $5 billion will kill jobs and stop economic growth in its tracks. Dayton claims he’ll only tax high-income earners, but his budget plan is incomplete and even DFL Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher has said Dayton’s plan would tax middle-income couples, like a police officer and a nurse. Adding insult to injury, some of Dayton’s family money is in income tax-free South Dakota.”

MN Forward was established to ensure that private-sector job creation and economic growth are at the top of the agenda during the 2010 campaign. The organization is working with a broad coalition of Minnesota job creators to elect candidates from both parties who support policies that enhance job growth in Minnesota. So far, MN Forward has made independent expenditures in the governor’s race and in support of three DFLers and three Republicans running for the state legislature.

MN Forward is supported by a wide variety of Minnesota-based job providers and business trade associations including the Minnesota Beverage Association, NAIOP Minnesota, the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Business Partnership.

MN Forward: "Still Sad?" Television Ad


Mark Dayton’s Incomplete Budget – Whose Taxes Will He Raise Next? Comments Off

This week’s headlines are probably giving Mark Dayton a headache:

For months, Dayton has touted his plan to “restore tax fairness” and said he would raise $4 billion by “taxing the rich.”  But this week data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue showed Dayton’s plan raises $1.9 billion.

That would be the largest income tax increase in the history of the state and would be a 12% increase in Minnesota’s personal income taxes. But it’s still $2.1 billion short of Dayton’s $4 billion goal. (http://markdayton.org/mainsite/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/DaytonDeficitSolution.pdf).

If he’s maxed out his “tax on the rich” – Dayton says he doesn’t want to push our state’s top income tax rate past Hawaii’s nation-leading 11% – then who’s left to tax?

You guessed it – everyone else.  Dayton’s deputy campaign manager said, “These projections show that more work is needed to identify additional sources of revenues.”

Mark Dayton certainly isn’t going to reduce government spending – his biggest supporters are unions who rely on ever-growing government to increase salaries, jobs and dues.

So with a $2.1 billion hole in his budget plan and no more room to “tax the rich,” Dayton will be searching for ways to pretend like he’s not taxing middle-class Minnesota families, while reaching into your wallet.  Stay tuned…

MN Forward Unveils Second Ad of 2010 Campaign Comments Off

MN Forward today released its second ad of the 2010 campaign, highlighting DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton’s plans to increase taxes by at least $5 billion, which would fall heavily on job providers struggling to recover from the economic downturn.

“MN Forward is committed to electing candidates from both parties who agree with our agenda to make our state a better place to create jobs,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward. “As Minnesota businesses attempt to get our economy moving, the last thing we need is a governor who will burden employers with millions of dollars in tax increases. The vast majority of businesses pay their taxes through the individual income tax. Mark Dayton’s plans to raise taxes by $5 billion in an already highly-taxed state will kill jobs and stifle growth.”

View the ad here:

MN Forward Director Debates Alliance Director on Fox 9 Comments Off

For a compelling look at the difference between the approach being taken by MN Forward and a group on the other side of the field called the Alliance For A Better Minnesota, watch the video below from the 9 o’clock news on Fox 9, Tuesday, August 17.

Brian McClung from MN Forward reiterates that MN Forward is focused on growing jobs and improving Minnesota’s economy by supporting both Republicans and Democrats for the governor’s office and legislature who believe in private sector growth.  Denise Cardinal from the Alliance For A Better Minnesota has nothing positive to say about any candidates and instead spends most of her time attacking Tom Emmer and boosting efforts to shut down legitimate speech.

Take a look at the video here:

The 2010 Elections: It’s the Economy… Comments Off

Following the most expensive gubernatorial primary in state history, Minnesotans enter the general election campaign with two very different views of how to create private-sector jobs and opportunity in Minnesota.

Mark Dayton, the DFL primary winner, ran as an unabashed advocate of tax increases and – in the face of an expected $6 billion state budget deficit – a champion of more government spending. That message and $3 million of his personal wealth, gave Dayton a narrow victory over Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who sharply criticized Dayton’s tax plan for its impact on middle-class families and job providers.

In the Republican primary, Tom Emmer won easily on a platform of lower taxes, job creation and responsible, limited government.

MN Forward believes that the number one issue in this election is getting our economy back on track following the global recession and putting Minnesotans back to work. That’s our focus. That’s what we’ll be talking about between now and November 2.

MN Forward Announces Support for Bipartisan Group of State Legislative Candidates Comments Off

Coalition of job providers backing 3 DFLers, 3 Republicans who support key issues

Minneapolis, MN August 5, 2010 — MN Forward today announced the first group of state legislative candidates the organization is supporting in the 2010 elections.  Direct mail pieces backing the three DFLers and three Republicans will arrive at homes in six legislative districts around Minnesota over the next few days.

SENATE CANDIDATES

  • Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) – Senator Bonoff was chief author of Senate File 2757, a key piece of education reform that would have allowed Minnesota to offer alternative  programs like Teach For America and allow mid-career professionals a pathway into the teaching profession for school districts and students struggling to close the achievement gap.
  • Rep. Doug Magnus (R-Slayton) – Rep. Magnus is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Vickerman.  Rep. Magnus has served as the ranking member on the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division and has been a strong voice for spending reform.
  • Senator Jim Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) – As chair of the Senate Business, Industry and Jobs Committee, Senator Metzen regularly seeks the input of the business community on issues that would impact job providers.  Senator Metzen also serves as President of the Minnesota Senate.

HOUSE CANDIDATES

  • Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) – Rep. Pelowski broke ranks with his party and voted against a $1 billion tax increase in 2009 and against a veto override attempt on the same bill.  That year he had the highest ranking on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce scorecard of any DFL House member.
  • Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) – Rep. Zellers has been a consistent supporter of job providers.  He received a 100 on the Minnesota Chamber scorecard in 2010 and a 92 in 2009.  He has also been an outspoken supporter of key education reforms like alternative licensure.
  • Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan) – Doug Wardlow is an attorney with the Minneapolis firm Parker Rosen.  He was valedictorian of his Eagan High School class and received a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University.  His campaign has focused on improving Minnesota’s job climate.

“From day one, MN Forward has made it clear we would support both Republicans and Democrats who support reforms that strengthen our workforce and improve our ability to create jobs and economic opportunity,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward.  “This group of candidates has varied backgrounds and positions on many issues, but they all have been focused on making Minnesota a better place to grow jobs.”

To view the direct mail pieces being sent to voters in support of these candidates, go online to http://www.MNForward.com/candidates.

MN Forward is a new organization established to ensure that private-sector job creation and economic growth are at the top of the agenda during the 2010 campaign. The organization is working with a broad coalition of Minnesota job creators to elect candidates from both parties who support policies that enhance job growth in Minnesota.

MN Forward is supported by a growing list of Minnesota-based job providers and business trade associations including the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Business Partnership.

More information is online at http://www.MNForward.com or via MN Forward’s Twitter account @MNForward.

MN Forward launches new website – www.MNForward.com 0

Site provides information on key issues: spending, tax & education reform

Minneapolis, MN July 28, 2010 — MN Forward today launched a new website that provides additional information on key issues the organization is focusing on during the 2010 campaign. The new website launched this morning at www.MNForward.com.

The site also has links to MN Forward’s Twitter account – @MNForward – and the organization’s YouTube page, where TV ads and other videos will be featured.

“At www.MNForward.com voters can learn more about important issues that should be at the center of the election debate,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward. “Job providers believe the best path forward for Minnesota includes tax reforms that will make our state more competitive for jobs, spending reforms that increase value to taxpayers, and education reforms that provide our children a world-class education.”

MN Forward is a new organization established to ensure that private-sector job creation and economic growth are at the top of the agenda during the 2010 campaign. The organization is working with a broad coalition of Minnesota job creators to elect candidates from both parties who support policies that enhance job growth in Minnesota.

MN Forward is supported by hundreds of Minnesota-based job providers, including the more than 700-member Minnesota Trucking Association, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Business Partnership and companies that employ thousands of Minnesotans.

MN Forward’s first TV ad receives B+ on “Truth Test” Comments Off

The first TV ad from MN Forward received a B+ on the KSTP-TV “Truth Test,” tied for the highest grade given this year.

Here’s the article from the KSTP-TV website:

TRUTH TEST: MN Forward Ad Supports Tom Emmer
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling paved the way for corporations to spend money on television ads directly in favor or opposed to political candidates.

A Minnesota group called MN Forward quickly took advantage of the new ruling and their first political ad supports Republican Tom Emmer.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS political reporter Tom Hauser put the ad through the Truth Test.

Hubbard Broadcasting, which owns KSTP, is a contributor to MN Forward.

Here’s a link to the story and video: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S1662901.shtml?cat=0

 

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