A Moorhead business owner is sending a message about taxesFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead business owner is fed up with Minnesota tax hikes. So, he's planning to send his message, attacking state lawmakers, over the airwaves.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead business owner is fed up with Minnesota tax hikes. So, he's planning to send his message, attacking state lawmakers, over the airwaves.
Beginning tomorrow, you'll hear an ad over the radio - by Brady's Service Center. Except it's not about any specials or deals they have. It's about a common complaint in Minnesota, high taxes.
At Brady's Service center. It's all about fixing.
Brady Olson- Brady's Service Center: "I'm just fighting for the truth."
But this problem is a little too big for the shop.
Olson: "The gas tax, the cigarette tax, the taxes from increase minimum wage."
This family business has been around for the last 20 years. For the past 15, Brady says taxes have gone out of control.
Olson: "Just wonder when it's ever going to end."
In just this legislative session Minnesota passed into law more than two-billion dollars in tax increases. And customers are taking notice.
Jessica Lehman- MN Resident: "It seems everything has a tax on it. So, I would say everything has increased."
Billy Giroux- ND Resident: "I know not to buy cigarettes in Minnesota"
But is the ultra-public complaint a good move?
Giroux: "He's a small business owner so he knows. He's dealing with the fight, dealing with the people every day. So, yeah, I think it's absolutely a good idea."
And as the taxes keep going up, the shop has to cut down. In just the last few years the shop's staff has been slashed dramatically.
Olson: "You have to find the dollar somewhere to keep the business going."
Brady says it's direct result, now simply having to do more with less.
Olson: "Everything just kind of comes in a full circle."
Tomorrow, you guys can be the judge. Is this attack ad a good idea? It will play on WDAY AM - and other local radio stations.