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Delight, disdain greet Dayton's plan.
What's not to like? Paying ransom to the U to freeze tuition. Anyone who has paid attention to the media has seen their constant examples of fiscal mismanagement. Do they need to hire EVEN more administrators?
Republicans zeroed in on the tax provisions in the proposal, which included expanding the sales tax to goods and services ranging from baby aspirin to haircuts. - Don't worry, Gov Trust Fund was going to pay the increase all by himself because he felt bad about avioding MN taxes by keeping his money in SD. Plus, he didn't really earn it and didn't want to hurt those most vulnerable to the regressive taxes he proposed. Way to go Dayton!
More taxes-Hurumph.More spending-Hurumph.Hear,hear-more from our ingenuous leaders.
"Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said the governor's budget "puts middle-class Minnesotans first.".... Correct and thank you! It's about time.
In a corresponding article, Davids was quoted as saying something close to, robbing from the poor to pay the rich. I am lower middle class and what was presented in this proposal in no way robs anything from me. I have no idea what universe this guy is living in or if he thinks the middle class will buy what he is saying, but he was/is wrong. Something had to be done, and it was. The tax changes do shift the burden away from the middle class and lower middle class and the majority of Minnesotans should agree to this no matter what political party you belong to. This is an economic initiative and should have nothing to do with politics. As Dayton has said, if you have some major cuts to programs you would like to see, let's hear them, but only if they are universal and would not affect anybody in this state. Further, make sure the cuts you propose would be enough to make a difference; not just token cuts. We're waiting.
Finally, I would love to hear Pawlenty's reaction to this. Every time Dayton said, "in the last ten years" every informed citizen should have known who he was talking about and the shifts and temporary fixes Pawlenty proposed that have to be addressed now. All Pawlenty did was put everything on a credit card, and then headed to D.C. to become a lobbyist. Hope the paper takes the time to ask him about all this.
How anyone can believe that tax increases will "restore prosperity" and "expand the middle class" is beyond me. All Dayton knows how to do is raise taxes. Where are the spending cuts in his budget?
"A sales tax on legal services would push citizens to either forgo their legal rights or attempt to represent themselves in the complex justice system." If the bar association president actually believes that a sales tax is the part of legal fees that will lead people to forego hiring a lawyer, then I sure don't want him to ever represent me!"
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson: "This budget is a great first step in restoring prosperity and expanding the middle class." --- I suppose this is all true if you designate who you are really talking about. This will mean more prosperity for politicians and government employees, and the higher taxes will move more people DOWN into the middle class.
I believe it is only fair in introducing these new taxes. If you don't like sales taxes on anything, then say so and eliminate all of them. The only, only reason some of these services were excluded were because those industries had better lobbyists. So, all in or all out, in my opinion.
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