The Minnesota Voters Alliance, North Star Tea Party Patriots and the Northern Liberty Alliance have teamed up in an effort to repeal a constitutional amendment that raised the state's sales tax and dedicated the funds to the environment, outdoors, arts and cultural heritage.
The Legacy Amendment passed in 2008 with 56 percent of voters in support. The amendment raised the state's sales tax by three-eights of 1 percent.
Those backing the amendment repeal argue tax rates do not belong in the state's constitution. They also say that the amendment prevents these dollars from being used for more important government functions such as healthcare, education, infrastructure and law enforcement.
"This Amendment should be repealed because it violates principles of government, is a political slush fund, and unfairly targets our poorest citizens who need their money more than they need the elite uses to which the $250 million per year raised by the tax are put," Minnesota Voters Alliance President Andy Cilek is quoted as saying in a press release.
The Legacy Amendment opponents have launched a website where residents can sign a petition calling for the repeal.
House Republican Reps. Mark Buesgens and Tom Hackbarth have introduced a bill that proposes a constitutional amendment repealing the Legacy Amendment. It would need to pass the House and Senate before it could be put on the 2012 general election ballot.
It should be noted that the Rochester Tea Party Patriots are members of the North Star Tea Party Patriots.