Editorial: Time for a big fix in state government

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  • Updated: November 17, 2012 - 4:52 PM

Minnesotans deserve an end to chronic fiscal crisis.

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clnorthNov. 17, 12 5:18 PM

"Dayton doesn't have a defining slogan" Sure he does. First it was "Tax the rich" and then it was "Subsidize the rich". My guess is that he will be back to tax the rich in 2013.

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milo1949Nov. 17, 12 6:50 PM

Time to cut spending and taxes. Cutting taxes will increase revenue by putting more people to work in the private sector. We must cut our bloated government spending. Every line item must be looked at. EVERY LINE ITEM!

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mchristiNov. 17, 12 7:03 PM

Most of this sounds reasonable, except the taxation of clothing. Sales taxes for services is something we probably should have been doing long ago. Requiring out-of-state internet businesses that do significant business with Minnesota to collect sales taxes may not be ideal but may well be necessary. But food and clothing, basic necessities for the lives of all Minnesotans, should not be subject to taxation. But for a more radical plan, how about considering moving away from property and sales taxes all together. Income taxes are the fairest and most appropriate way to fund our government and its necessary and useful functions in our communities.

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DufferHNov. 17, 12 7:09 PM

Anyone seriously intending to fix the state's economic woes wouldn't have indebted the citizenry for a publicly owned stadium that only financial benefits an out-of-state fortune hunter. Sorry, it's impossible to take Dayton seriously.

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elmore1Nov. 17, 12 7:26 PM

I hope he does make bold moves starting with a line by line assessment of all state funded programs and where appropriate, merge, flatten organizations and eliminate underperforming programs. Run our state like it is a business with a bottom line or a home budget that makes tradeoffs and must balance. Time to tell the special interest groups to take a hike....

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marcymmbNov. 18, 12 7:42 AM

With a democrat run legislator and governor don't see it happening .

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catman2Nov. 18, 12 8:01 AM

Sales tax on clothing will cripple the retail industry in MN. it is about the only advantage we have over our border states. Outsate clothing sales account for 25% pf our total sales in my company and the loss of those sales will put us out of business. Other MN business lost forever.

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roymercerNov. 18, 12 8:24 AM

We have a spending crisis. Look at the year-over-year spending growth that vastly outpaces our population increases.

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dave9398Nov. 18, 12 9:32 AM

It is hard to take anyone seriously who shelters their fortune out of state and demands that everyone else pay more.

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jpcooperNov. 18, 1210:21 AM

What party has dominated the Minnesota political scene for 50 years? What party has designed this States tax system with the 7Th highest State taxation rate in America and the 14th highest in government spending per capita in the USA.

What party would create a program where State collected tax money would be given away to democratic leaning cities to help pay for local government? This is NOT the responsibility of State government. What party takes State Income tax money and gives out a "REFUND" on a tax the state never collected in the first place to people who never paid the tax anyway? What party has set up and administers the most generous State funded welfare and Healthcare program that attracts poor people for a 5 state region. What party has allowed our State colleges and Universities to become a black hole of fiscal irresponsibility that they have allowed tuition to rise at a pace that is unconscionable. In 1990 annual tuition (only) at the U of Mn was $2322. Adjusted for inflation today that would be $4100. The 2012-13 tuition only for an in-state student is $12,060. Thats 3X more that the total cost with inflation. Add to that all the BS fees, books, room and Board and you well over $24K per year. What party has created a work relationship with State Public Unions so intimate that they cannot represent the taxpayers interests and negotiate proper contract with those Unions that do not jeopardize the financial well being out our State budgets and taxpayers.

Now were are hearing from this paper and the unchecked Liberal dominated government that they want to "Fix" our states taxation , fiscal, spending, and local taxing issues by raising taxes and spending more money? Folks hang on to your wallets!

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