At least if you listen to the right wing bloggers and talking heads.
Over Governor Pawlenty's tenure and his "no new taxes" pledges, Minnesotan's have seen exorbitant increases in tuition, fees, and property taxes.
At State Colleges and Universities, tuition increased nearly 70% over his initial 4 year term.
Property taxes have risen out of control under Pawlenty and House GOP leadership, forcing the same working and middle class Minnesotan's they staunchly defended earlier this week, to find ways to absorb these increases. Some lost their homes. The impact on seniors with fixed incomes has been the worst.
Palwenty and the House GOP's cuts to local government aid had the biggest impact on property tax increases, as well as leading to deteriorating roads in Greater Minnesota.
So lets be honest about the Transportation Bill.
Is it big? Absolutely.
Is it needed? Absolutely.
Is it the largest tax increase in the history of Minnesota? No.
The $6.6 billion bill is spread out over a 10 year period. Most revenue producing bills coming out of the legislature produce revenue in 2 or 4 year cycles.
Take a look at the increases in fees and other areas post 2003, when Governor Pawlenty had a hard time differentiating between a tax and a fee.
Tobacco fees, property tax increases, tuition increases, etc add up to more than $10 billion in increases over a 10 year span.
And these increases have hurt Minnesota more than they helped...