The National Federation of Independent Business, the state’s largest small-business advocacy group, is backing Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s race.
“He’s been a friend of small business for years,” said Mike Hickey, NFIB’s Minnesota state director, at a Capitol press conference.
Hickey also strongly criticized the budget plans of Emmer’s two rivals in the race. He characterized DFL nominee Mark Dayton’s proposed tax increase on the state’s wealthiest citizens as “destructive” and decried Independence Party challenger Tom Horner’s proposal to expand the sales tax to some services.
Last month the NFIB awarded Emmer its “Guardian of Small Business” award in recognition of his voting record at the Legislature. The GOP nominee voted with the business organization 100 percent of the time during the last two legislative sessions.
Emmer said he’s the only candidate in the race that will keep a lid on taxes. “”There are three people running,” said Emmer. “There’s only two messages.”