Weather Forecast


Here’s how Hancock stands

Where does Rep. Dave Hancock of District 2A stand based up his voting record of 2011? Some of the bills that Hancock voted for passed and some did not pass.

There were eight major bills on education that Hancock voted on. Hancock voted “yes” on six and “no” on two of the bills. The “yes” bills were bills to cut funding for public schools while giving public money to private schools. The “no” votes were bills that would have increased funding of education.

There were five major bills on property tax and income tax and Hancock voted “yes” four times and “no” one time.  Two “yes” votes raised personal property tax on individuals by doing away with the Homestead Credit while raising the personal property tax amount. Hancock voted “yes” on a bill that levied income tax on anyone who deducted medical expenses. Hancock voted “yes” on a bill that would cut funding from the state t for hardened criminals to be kept in local jails. Hancock’s “no” vote was on an increase income tax on the top 2 percent of people who have the highest incomes. Hancock voted “yes” on a bill that did modify the Green Acres property tax relief so that only the highest priced property owners got any property tax relief.

When it came to bills that would affect seniors and the vulnerable Hancock voted to cut funding for the veterans office, cut funding for hospitals and nursing homes and battered women shelters.

When it came to corporations and big business, Hancock voted for elimination of property taxes for them. Hancock voted “yes” on a bill that would do away with the international trade office in the state of Minnesota. Hancock voted “no” on a bill that would have stopped outsourcing jobs and extending collective bargaining rights.

Hancock co-authored a bill that would do away with pay equity for women, cuts in agricultural programs and animal health programs. He voted to amend the greenhouse-gas emission goals of 2007.

These are just some of the votes of Rep. Dave Hancock of 2A. Hancock’s voting record over all shows he is for cutting funding for education, cutting the property tax rates of corporations, while passing that burden onto the local property tax level.

Pat Ward