Monday, July 12, 2010

Blue State Governor's race vs Red State Governor's race


Timid on taxes? Not in Minnesota governor's race
ST. PAUL, Minn. — One Minnesota governor hopeful framed his open concession to raise taxes as his "Walter Mondale moment." Another contender is fond of saying "Read my lips: Tax the rich" and makes a pro-tax pledge in TV ads. Two others don't shy either from tax calls.
At a time when the tea party and its had-enough message have politicians nationwide treading carefully, Minnesota's race stands out as a stark test of the public's appetite for government services versus a willingness to pay for them.

Tennessee Gubernatorial hopefuls stand united against tax increase
NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s four major gubernatorial candidates say they are weighing tax cuts in areas ranging from the inheritance tax to assessments on small business.

While tough economic times have forced Gov. Phil Bredesen to slash state spending by 25 percent in recent years, Republicans Bill Haslam, Ron Ramsey and Zach Wamp, as well as Democrat Mike McWherter, show no appetite for raising taxes to cover that.