The consummate political insider who wants to raise taxes on all Minnesotans.
Smith Is Consummate Political Insider
Tina Smith Who? 88% of Minnesotans Have No Opinion Of Smith
A MN Jobs Coalition survey finds 88% of Minnesotans either didn’t know who Tina Flint-Smith is or didn’t know enough about her to have an opinion including 83% who had never heard of her. The more Minnesotans find out, the less they’ll like.
Smith Is A Veteran DFL Operative And Former Planned Parenthood Executive.
“That led to work on a series of DFL campaigns, including as manager of Ted Mondale’s 1998 bid for governor, and as an adviser to Walter Mondale’s last-minute campaign for U.S. Senate in 2002 following the death of Paul Wellstone. The following year, Smith was recruited to become vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.” (Patrick Condon, “Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s high-profile role fuels speculation about her political future,” Star Tribune, 10/10/15)
Smith Served As Gov. Dayton’s Chief of Staff Before Joining Re-Election Ticket As His Running Mate.
“Gov. Mark Dayton has tapped a trusted aide, chief of staff Tina Smith, to join him in his run for a second term.” (Doug Beldon, “Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith as running mate,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 2/3/14)
Failed Campaign Organizer
“[Smith] Was Chief Of Staff For Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak And Managed His Failed Gubernatorial Campaign In 2010.” (Doug Beldon, “Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith as running mate,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 2/3/14)
Rockefeller Heiress Alida Messinger Is One Of Smith’s Closest Friends.
“In addition to Blodgett, Messinger is close to Ken Martin, the new chairman of the DFL. She also considers one of her dearest friends to be Tina Smith, Dayton’s chief of staff.” (Doug Beldon, “Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith as running mate,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 2/3/14)
Tax & Spend Tina
Smith Vowed That Dayton Administration Would Not Raise Taxes On The Middle Class.
Smith: “The governor’s primary kind of value is, he’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class.”(“DFL Chair’s Corner Ep. 15 with Tina Flint Smith,” Published 3/21/13) (3:25)
Dayton/Smith Backed Gas And Sales Tax Hikes On Middle Class.
“Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to go all in on a highway-and-transit upgrade package that could cost drivers a dime or more extra on a gallon of gas and metro shoppers a nickel more on every $10 taxable purchase…”((“Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List,” Associated Press, 12/29/14)
Wholesale Tax On Gas “Cornerstone” Of Dayton/Smith Plan.
“As Dayton spoke, he drew a cheat sheet from his pocket with calculations about various funding mechanisms, including a new wholesale tax on gas that is emerging as the cornerstone of his plan.” (“Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List,” Associated Press, 12/ 29/14)
Minnesota Public Radio: 16 Cents Per Gallon Increase Backed By Dayton/Smith Would Have Been “The Highest In State History.”
“So, under Dayton’s plan, the tax amounts to at least 16 cents per gallon, bringing the total gas tax paid at the pump to at least 44.5 cents per gallon. … Aside from two gas tax bumps decades ago that have been adjusted for inflation, the 16 cents per gallon increase would be the highest in state history.” (Catharine Richert, “PoliGraph: Largest Gas Tax in State History?” Minnesota Public Radio, 3/18/15)
Dayton/Smith Also Eyed Half-Cent Sales Tax In Metro.
“In addition to that tax, Dayton is eyeing a half-cent sales tax in the metropolitan area to pay for mass-transit projects and favors diverting an existing tax on leased vehicles to a fund that would pay for greater Minnesota transit needs.” (“Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List,” Associated Press, 12/29/14)
Associated Press: “As Fuel Prices Rise, So Would The Tax Bill.”
“The sales tax would be distinct from and possibly in addition to the 28.5 cent per gallon tax now assessed at the pump. Because it would be based on purchase size, the tax would fluctuate as gas prices do. So at today’s average of $2.15, the wholesale tax almost certain to be passed on to consumers would be about 12 cents per gallon. As fuel prices rise, so would the tax bill.” (“Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List,” Associated Press, 12/ 29/14)
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