In my blog post yesterday Why is Joe Atkins Wrong on Taxes?, I challenged the voters of Inver Grove Heights to do a little research and to make an informed vote on November 6th when I said:
“When Joe Atkins tells you he supports small businesses and keeping your property taxes low, you should look to see if his rhetoric matches his record.”
I want to continue to look at Representative Atkins’s record on taxes again today. I am not the only one who is paying attention to Joe’s voting record.
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota looks at each Minnesota legislators voting record each session and puts together a scorecard for you. Joe received a 0% rating from them in 2012 and 2011. He earned a 7% in 2010 and holds an 8% lifetime rating. But don’t take my word for it, please take a look at Joe’s annual scorecards here: http://www.taxpayersleague.org/scorecards.html.
In 2011, Joe voted against HF20 which provided direct tax relief for homeowners, farms and small businesses. Why doesn’t Joe trust you with your own money?
I believe we need a Representative who will actually stand up for you, the taxpayer. We need government off our backs so the economy can grow.
The Taxpayers League rating is a record Joe doesn’t want you to know about. When someone represents themselves as a fiscal conservative, they must put their vote where their mouth is. A true representative fights to keep government out of your wallet.
When government continues to grow year after year, it needs to be fed—with your hard-earned money. As your Representative I will put government on a much needed diet.
When government learns to live within its means, ‘We the People’ are freer. Don’t throw your vote away on November 6 by continuing to believe in empty promises, and poor performance. When we have lower taxes, we have more freedom.
We live better when we live free.