From: M. J. McCauley
Open letter to Rep. Pellowski and Sen. Miller:
A few words before the new revenue (taxes) become law.
A district judge (Winona) came up with an acronym that applies to the various tax bills. The acronym is NORP standing for Normal Ordinary Responsible Persons. NORP applies to the ordinary hardworking Minnesota families.
Many of the taxes under consideration hit hardest on the ordinary Minnesota family. The normal ordinary hardworking Minnesota family is concerned about the family expenses and costs as well as keeping jobs to pay for everything.
Examples of some taxes include: 1) tax on clothes - this hurts our ordinary Minnesota family; 2) tax on haircuts hurts the ordinary Minnesota family; 3) tax to keep auto running to get to work hurts the ordinary Minnesota family. Also keep in mind that only a few days ago gasoline was 3.52/gallon and today, May 13, the cost is 379.9/gallon.
Why would the legislature even consider hurting Minnesota families?
Another odd tax suggestion is to raise the price of a drink 7¢. This is naive and shows no common sense. What retailer would keep charging an extra 7¢ a drink?
All legislators should work to protect the ordinary Minnesota family.
As a former legislator, I know they can make changes the last few days.