Krinkie joins Taxpayers League

Here's the release. Krinkie lost his seat in last year's election.

Former State Rep. Philip Krinkie Joins Taxpayers League Team

Krinkie served as Chair of Tax Committee

St Paul—Former State Representative Philip Krinkie (R-Lino Lakes) is joining the Taxpayers League of Minnesota and has agreed to serve as its President.

Krinkie, long known as one of the most fiscally conservative legislator at the capitol, narrowly lost his bid for reelection this year by a margin of 51 votes. Krinkie was first elected in 1990, and in his 16 years in the Legislature served as Chairman of the State Government Finance Committee, the Capital Investment Committee, and finally as Chairman of the Tax Committee. He has been characterized as “a feisty budget hawk…and consistent straight shooter” (City Pages interview, November 14).

Krinkie is joining a formidable team at the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. Since January 2004 David Strom has headed the League as President, replacing former State Senator Linda Runbeck who served in that role from 2001-4. The League has built a reputation as a political powerhouse through its aggressive lobbying for lower taxes and limited government. Strom will remain on board as a part-time employee at the League, but will focus his efforts on expanding the reach of the Taxpayers League Foundation, of which he remains President. The Foundation publishes educational research on the size, scope, and role of government.

“I am thrilled to turn over the reigns of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota to Phil Krinkie,” Strom said. “I can think of no one better suited to fighting for the interests of taxpayers at the Capitol. Phil knows the ways of government inside and out, and nobody understands the Byzantine logic of the Legislature better,” Strom said.

“I have always fought for the interests of taxpayers at the capitol. With the change in power at the Legislature, taxpayers are besieged by people itching to raise their taxes,” said Krinkie.

“I love a good fight, and this is a target-rich environment.

“Our first priority will be ensuring the Governor can sustain his vetoes. If conservatives can’t do that, then Katie bar the door. It will be a tax and spending free-for-all at the Capitol,” Krinkie added.

“I look forward to working with David and the whole Taxpayers League team to safeguard the taxpayers. The best defense is a good offense,” Krinkie concluded.

Strom will continue hosting the radio program Taxpayers League Live along with his wife Margaret Martin. It can be heard Saturdays 9-11 on AM 1280..

The Taxpayers League is Minnesota’s largest taxpayer advocacy organization. It was founded in 1997, and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year.

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