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Woodbury's Lillie takes over Taxpayers League of Minnesota

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Ted Lillie, the former Woodbury lawmaker who served one term in the Legislature, will likely be a regular fixture again at the Minnesota Capitol.
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 Lillie was named president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a group that lobbies in support of lower taxes and smaller government. The former Republican senator and newspaper publisher succeeds Phil Krinkie, who is leaving the position in order to pursue a congressional run in U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 6th District.Krinkie lauded Lillie’s experience in the private sector and work with nonprofit organizations. “I am happy to turn over the reigns {sic} of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota to Lillie,” Krinkie said in a news release. “I can think of no one better suited to fight for the interests of taxpayers at the state Capitol.” Taxpayers League board members elected Lillie to the post on Thursday. Lillie served one term in the Minnesota Senate, but rose to power in the GOP caucus with relative speed. As a freshman, he was named majority whip and later an assistant majority leader. While a freshman in 2011, Lillie was among a small group of Republicans called in for session-ending budget negotiations with Gov. Mark Dayton -- a select group normally comprised exclusively of longer-tenured lawmakers. Despite his climb in the Senate, Lillie was unseated after one term in 2012 by Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbry. In Thursday’s release, Lillie called for growing the economy by growing jobs. He said tax hikes under Dayton have caused numerous businesses to flee the state. “I am deeply concerned about the future of this state,” Lillie said in the release. “We should strive to lead the nation in job creation not tax creation. Gov. Dayton’s $2 billion tax increase on families and businesses is being discussed at dinner tables and by business leaders across the state.” 
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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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