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Representative Sarah Anderson

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Representative Sarah Anderson( R-Plymouth) complains that Minneapolis Convention Center is obviously competing with the convention center in Rochester for national events. She says that is her reasoning for wanting to end Minneapolis’ sales tax which supports the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Despite Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s insistence that the Minneapolis convention center competes for national events that Rochester could not host, Representative Anderson is adamant that Rochester does compete for these events.

“So I looked at Rochester’s event schedule. And here Rochester has in the month of February the Epilepsy Foundation’s 26th annual Chocolate Ball. Obviously that’s a statewide deal. You’ve got the North East Winter Fest. You’ve got the New York DECA 2012 state career conference.”

That last event should have been a tip off that something was wrong with Representative Anderson’s information.

A little later, Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) informs the hearing that Representative Anderson has apparently been reading the list of events for the convention center in Rochester NEW YORK , not Minnesota.

“The Epilepsy Foundation’s Chocolate Gala last Saturday night, the 26th annual Rochester Epilepsy Foundation, I understand was wonderful,” said Representative Davnie. “It was in Rochester, New York. And so was not, probably would not likely be a held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.”

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