Dayton turned his back on compromise, Minnesotans

  • Article by: JULIANNE ORTMAN
  • Updated: May 17, 2012 - 8:45 PM

Bipartisan deal in Legislature offered needed tax relief and jobs.

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my4centsMay. 17, 12 7:44 PM

While most any tax cut is a good thing, I do have to wonder why these proposals are so specific and temporary. Giving a tax break that is good for one or two years will help to keep more money in private hands, but will do very little to stimulate growth. For that we need permanent changes in both taxes and regulations that apply to everyone.

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azrielaMay. 17, 12 8:09 PM

Perhaps the author should get out and actually talk to small and midsize business owners, you know, the ones who actually do the hiring? I have not found one yet that has stated they would hire more people because of decreases in taxes. Every single one tells me they will only hire more employees when they have a sustainable increase in the demand for their product/services. Demand comes only from consumers having the need for and the ability to purchase the product/service. Calling business tax break bills job creation bills is not only misleading but outright saying that the person making that incorrect claim believes that the average citizen is incredibly naive.

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army1994May. 17, 12 8:19 PM

Isn't compromise where BOTH sides give in a little? Wouldn't that have meant that Dayton compromised with some of these tax cuts while Ortman and crew compromised by increasing taxes on the highest income brackets?

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unionsrockMay. 17, 12 8:23 PM

Ortman is the queen of spin. You should read the similar drivel that she sends out to us constituents. This bill would do little to nothing for most people and businesses.

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jimmywestoneMay. 17, 12 8:42 PM

As a business owner myself.....any tax cut that I get will just go into my pocket. The only growth that it will create is if I spend more money with that tax cut that I receive. Personally, I won't spend any more money to stimulate the economy and all of it will go into savings. I fail to see how a tax cut for businesses will lead to hiring new workers

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kcmamaMay. 17, 12 8:47 PM

The reason the economy is recovering weakly is that normal Americans - you and I - don't have enough money to spend and spur the economic engine. Tax breaks for the rich DO NOTHING for the economy; they only keep the contributions coming for the politians who vote for them. This country needs a middle class that can afford to spend money. Commenter Azriela has it right: tax cuts don't create jobs. Spending does.

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dirtydogsMay. 17, 12 8:49 PM

Next time I hear some idiot say the wealthy are JOB CREATORS I am going to spit. The middle class creates job via demand for goods and services. The Right likes to lie and say they need tax breaks to hire more staff, but the fact is they just pocket the money. If there is enough demand, or if they lack capacity, they will hire. Enough of the lies Right Wingers.

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Lowrie02May. 17, 12 8:52 PM

Ortman was like an untrained Pitbull during the session! And now she thinks Dayton should have shown more compromise! What is disturbing is the GOP leadership have removed her from her leadership position because of being to moderate! Not hard to imagine what comes next with the GOP.

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copper88May. 17, 12 9:09 PM

No, the Governor did not turn his back on compromise. He did say that if there was tax reform, it would have to be paid for. This bill blew a $100 million dollar hole in next years budget which already has about a billion dollar short fall. Most of the benefit of this republican bill would have accrued to businesses, not the people. I wish the republicans would grow up and learn to govern but I just don't think that's possible.

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ti1310May. 17, 12 9:10 PM

What Ortman fails to mention in her editorial is that that Dayton told them many times that he would veto a bill that increased the projected deficit.. And he did just that. Why she expected anything different out of him is beyond me. Ms Ortman also has failed to understand what will drive expansion in the economy. Just like jimmywestone I run a business and the only way I will hire or buy more equipment for my business is if demand for my products increase.

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