Politics & Policy

Bachmann Reacts to Shutdown, Lauds Minn. Republicans

Michele Bachmann praised Minnesota GOP lawmakers today for their refusal to endorse the higher taxes on the wealthy that their Democratic colleagues are pushing for as a way to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.

“I applaud Minnesota Republican legislators for standing up to reckless spending and higher taxes,” she said in a statement. “At a time when families and businesses are stretched to the limit due to high federal taxes and a history of excessive executive waste, the last thing the people of Minnesota can afford is higher taxes. Hopefully, Governor Dayton will realize that fiscal restraint is what is necessary to strengthen the Minnesota economy and create jobs.”

Tim Pawlenty also supports the Republican lawmakers’s position, saying that “Both in Washington, D.C., and in St. Paul, the Democrats continue their thirst for more spending and more taxes, and that’s not the right direction for Minnesota and that’s not the right direction for our country.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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