Monday, July 14, 2008 By Aaron Brown
Bill Hanna talked to the #2 in the KSTP newsroom, Iron Range Resources Commissioner Sandy Layman and others. Layman took former State Rep. and Taxpayer's League president Phil Krinkie to task for his comments in the original story because he was aware that major reorganization had already just been made to Ironworld when he made his comments.
Stunningly, KSTP is sticking to its false claims about the "waste" of taxpayer's general fund money. Ironworld draws its public subsidy from mining tax revenue paid by mines in lieu of local property taxes.
In a telephone interview Friday, KSTP Assistant News Director Sam Zeff, was asked if the story would have been more fair if it had explained Ironworld funding was from taconite production taxes paid by mining companies that do not pay property taxes.This is classic TV agenda-setting for you. For instance, I could say that if KSTP "didn't exist," people within 100 miles of the Twin Cities would be smarter. I can't prove it, but it sure feels right.
“No. It was fair. It’s all tax money. The money isn’t just donated by the mining companies. If the IRRB didn’t exist the tax money would go into the state general fund,” he said.
Zeff said he is “completely comfortable with the piece” and thought it was a “fair and balanced and important story to tell during tough economic times.”
Especially during tough economic times.