You may have noticed that the media and our opponents from the other political parties have been playing fast and loose with the truth about Tom Emmer’s agenda for Minnesota.
That’s no surprise. In fact, that’s politics as usual, and we expected it. Whenever a candidate threatens to shake up the establishment the establishment fights back.
We won’t let the untruths and the half-truths go unchallenged.
When our opponents or the media get something wrong, we set them right. EmmerTruth.com will hold all candidates and the media accountable for their votes, TV ads, campaign emails, stories, and blog posts.
Tom Emmer’s budget cuts $1.8 billion from education spending.
Once again the Alliance For a Better Minnesota (ABM), a DFL and family front group for Senator Mark Dayton, releases a whopper of an ad. After receiving an “F” grade from KSTP in one of their earlier ads, they are out with a new spot trying to beat that grade by lying about Tom Emmer’s budget and policy plans for education.
Tom Emmer sponsored a law to reduce penalties for drunk drivers.
Tom Emmer never introduced legislation to reduce penalties for drunk drivers.
This is an old charge first leveled by a liberal blogger. It was later picked up by the Star Tribune in a story back in March 2009. It was also used as an attack by Tom’s opponent in the Republican endorsement for governor in May 2010.
Tom Emmer has not proposed tip credit legislation that cuts anyone’s wages. During a tour of a local restaurant as part of the Freedom and Prosperity Project, Rep. Emmer heard from restaurant owners about the challenges they face growing jobs in this economy. A tip credit was suggested as a way to help Minnesota businesses stay competitive with other states (43 other states including all of Minnesota’s neighboring states have a tip credit).
For every dollar the state puts in, Minnesota will receive $7–7.50 back from the federal government for early enrollment.
According to Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), the state will save $430 million in the general fund over the next three years by not early-enrolling in Medicaid.
Tom Emmer wants to eliminate Local Government Aid
Tom Emmer is the author of the Minnesota Fair Plan, a bill that would institute a new program to replace (not eliminate) the current system of local government aid (LGA). The Bill was HF 339 of the 86th Legislative Session of the Minnesota Legislature.
Tom Emmer said he will cut $20 billion from the state budget.
Tom Emmer has never said he will cut $20 billion from the state budget. In fact, he said we “can reduce government easily by 20% in the next four years – easily.” In a classic case of cherry picking part of a quote out of context, Tom’s opponents and the media have started to repeat this claim as a talking point.
Tom Emmer said you can’t call yourself a freedom loving American and be a Democrat.
In a classic case of truncating a quote to bring it out of context, the Twitterati and liberal bloggers are having a field day with what they claim is a Tom Emmer quote disparaging all Democrats. They are using the first part of a long quote to the Marshall Independent that says "“I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.”
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