What is the Taxpayers Protection Pledge? Hardworking Minnesotans already pay enough in state and local taxes. Our budget problems are not the result of a lack of revenue but are caused by excessive spending. The "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" is simple, it merely states that the candidate will oppose placing any additional tax burden on Minnesotans to operate the necessary functions of state government. Before you support or vote for any candidate, check to see if they have signed the "Pledge." Candidates for Minnesota State offices can download copies of the pledge below. There are two versions, one for candidates with a district, and the other for candidates for Governor. We recommend that Federal Candidates interested in making a similar pledge visit the Americans for Tax Reform website to learn about their pledge.