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Duluth Overreach Will Hurt Economy, Remove Consumer Choice

Jan 22, 2018 by AFP

Grassroots group launches digital campaign to stop “big brother” overreach

Minneapolis, MN – Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN) has launched a digital campaign to educate citizens about a gross government overreach being proposed by city commissioners in Duluth. The City Council is set to discuss a proposal on Monday that would ban the sale of a legal product, flavored tobacco, and are set to repeat an already tried-and-failed nanny-state approach that interferes with the personal choices of free citizens.

The Minnesota legislature has recently scaled back burdensome overreach and regulations like this one that stifle growth, competition, and the free market. By lifting the outdated “Sunday Sales” policy last session,  business owners and consumers now have additional options to decide for themselves when to engage in commerce, and many communities will benefit from  additional tax revenue being repatriated from across the border.

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AFP-MN state director Jason Flohrs released the following statement:

“It’s not the role of government to stifle opportunity for business owners or to prevent consumers from making personal choices with their money. As we saw during the ‘Sunday Sales’ debate, consumers are perfectly willing to travel across state lines to purchase products made unavailable to them in their home communities. The only thing their big government solution will cause is a dip in revenue to store owners and city coffers. We hope members of the city council vote ‘No’ on what is sure to be an ineffective ban on legal flavored tobacco products.”

For further information or an interview, reach Jason Flohrs at

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