Taxes do matter to businesses

  • Article by: DOUG BAKER
  • Updated: June 10, 2011 - 10:01 PM

The hit to personal income is a barrier to attracting and keeping talent.

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quitwhiningJun. 11, 11 1:10 AM

Nice. An article all about the writer's "opinion". Cut taxes, cut taxes...the same old refrain. We DID cut both federal and state income tax rates ten years ago. it did NOT lead to more jobs and prosperity. There have been several articles in this paper lately that detail actual STUDIES that have concluded that state tax rates are NOT a major factor in driving job creation or movement. Federal and state income tax rates are both actually lower than they have been for several decades. Unless we are ready to give up social security, Medicare, Medicaid and higher education and related research, we need to quit cutting. If we really want to address our financial difficulties, we need to focus on better controlling medical costs. That item alone is what is killing business as well as government budgets. At least the health care reform legislation that is so hated by the righties attempts to begin to better control the cost curve for medical care, not just for the public sector but the private sector as well.

joeeeeeeJun. 11, 11 7:08 AM

I don't believe that there is much merit to the concept that it is the dollar paid for taxes that breaks the camel's back. It makes more sense to me that the decisions are much more complicated than that. I also believe that the final decision on some of these actions is pushed one way or the other by personal beliefs. Decision makers can make come true what they espouse. There can be more ego than fact involved.

hiramfosterJun. 11, 11 8:15 AM

The problem with this piece is that clearly doesn't represent the independent thinking of the nominal author. It is, in fact, a recycling talking points. The "tell" is the language about the 6 percent increase in state spending. That's nothing more than Republican legislative spin. The state is spending 34 billion dollars in the current biennium, and that's what the Republican budget calls for in the next biennium. Republican spinners, who arbitrarily exclude money the state received from the federal stimulus and the education shift, money the state did indeed spend, from state spending, use the 6% number, but no one else does.

donm251Jun. 11, 11 8:21 AM

I tried to hire a person from Nebraska last year. She declined for a variety of reasons, one of them being high taxes. Instead she took a job in Colorado. The quality of living standard in Minnesota is only an illusion.

freakyfreddyJun. 11, 11 8:35 AM

Hmmm... a choice between paying higher taxes to a government with an insatiable appetite to take our money and redistribute it in the name of social justice or feed my family. Tough decision. I'll feed my family.

freakyfreddyJun. 11, 11 8:36 AM

Nice. An article all about the writer's "opinion" === Maybe that is why it is on the OPINION page. Love it!

birchtreeJun. 11, 11 8:43 AM

What a joke! Baker thinks people move to Florida because of taxes. Ever heard the term snowbirds? People have been retiring to Florida for decades because it's warmer. And if he thinks other states are so much better, why doesn't he move Ecolab to North Dakota? Oh that's right, there aren't enough people, resources or quality of life. He's just another fat cat who calls for government to get off the backs of corporations, but is the first one with his hand out when bad business decisions go bad or when they want to expand.

elind56Jun. 11, 1110:04 AM

Sucking money out of the private sector to take care of the able-bodied, able-minded "poor" people is a self-fulfilling exercise.

lindaloveJun. 11, 1110:07 AM

Baker thinks people move to Florida because of taxes. - It is a major factor in the decision. Why do you think the snow birds flee by a certain date and return just after a certain date? Taxes. That is a no-brainer.

thatoneJun. 11, 1110:12 AM

This posting was a joke. Just another rich GOPER who doesn't want to pay their fair share and wants the 'little people' to pay for it. Half the executives that turn these jobs down, do so because they do not like the corporate culture however they do not want to burn a bridge so they use the taxes as an excuse.


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