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The conservative advocacy group Minnesota Majority is buying radio advertisements and launching a website focused on the state budget debate. Other advocacy groups on the right and left, however, aren't spending their cash on media until progress is made between Republicans and DFLers in budget negotiations.

Minnesota Majority takes to the airwaves against Dayton budget

The conservative advocacy group Minnesota Majority is buying radio advertisments and launching a website focused on the state budget debate.

The campaign, called “Voices of the Taxpayer,” criticizes the income tax increase proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton to solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. A source with knowledge of the campaign said the buy is at least $20,000.

The group is running more than a dozen radio ads that feature the voices of different taxpayers opposed to Dayton’s budget.

“We hope that our campaign will help influence Governor Dayton to do the right thing and follow the lead of other governors throughout the nation in cutting spending instead of increasing taxes,” said Jeff Davis, the group’s president.

Other than Minnesota Majority, advocacy groups appear to be keeping their purses closed as the session’s constitutional adjournment date approaches. Business groups like the Coalition of Minnesota Businesses and Freedom Club are raising money but are waiting on the sidelines because the gridlock at the Capitol suggests lawmakers are likely heading for a special session sometime after May 23. The same is true for labor unions and progressive groups like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota.

The Coalition of Minnesota Businesses, for example, has raised or has commitments in the quarter-of-a-million-dollar range. But the organization doesn’t want to spend its money while lawmakers are mired in a lengthy impasse, according to one source.


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