The Taxpayers League of Minnesota unveiled a media advertising campaign today that it hopes will influence the ongoing budget debate between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators.
A television ad titled “Enough is Enough” takes the side of Republicans who want to hold down state spending for the next two years. It also criticizes Dayton for proposing an income tax increase on top earners.
“Legislators passed a balanced budget that increases spending by 12 percent,” the ad said. “Gov. Dayton doesn’t want to compromise. He wants higher taxes and billions more in state spending.”
Phil Krinkie, the league’s president, said the ad is currently running on cable television. He would not say how much air time his organization planned to buy.
During a news conference, Krinkie also floated an idea for a possible budget compromise. He said Republicans could increase their spending proposal by $500 million by tapping into excess state Legacy funds.
“If that’s what it takes in order to get a budget resolution and prevent a government shutdown, I would say yes,” Krinkie said.