Dayton's budget is big, but balanced

  • Article by: JAY KIEDROWSKI
  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 7:14 PM

It's rare that a governor has the political courage to propose major changes and truly lead.

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jpcooperJan. 23, 13 7:49 PM

" a Minnesota governor has proposed a budget that has revenues equal to expenditures in not only the upcoming two-year period but also in the following two years."

Jay the math does not add up! In July 2011 Dayton signed a budget that called for $35.7B in spending. That budget has a projected shortfall of $1.1B. Dayton is proposing to increase spending by $2.2B to get to his $37.9B budget. In that budget proposal he is going to collect $2.1B more in taxes! Current deficit $1.1B spend $2.2B more Collect $2.1 Billion more revenue = $1.2 Billion Deficit!

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wagn0404Jan. 23, 13 7:51 PM

Way to use the kid gloves, Jay. The fact that you use the early 2000s (coincidentally about the time a Republican took over as Governor) as some kind of arbitrary metric says everything about what side you lean to. I disagree that we are somehow creating a fairer tax system with a stable government. A more progressive tax system, which is what this budget is proposing, actually creates less stability in government revenues, especially during recessions. A fairer tax system would tax us all at the same percentage, which correlates with more stability in government revenues. This is because your tax base is likely to stay at about the same size, even if 2-5% of that base loses its job. I have no problem if you like Governor Dayton (I do, too) and think his budget aligns with your idea of how government should run. That's fine. But let's not waste our time pretending this is going to be a panacea for the state's budget challenges.

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comment229Jan. 23, 13 8:11 PM

It looks like Wisconsin is going to raise the tax on gasoline sales in that state, and the governor also slashed spending to the Wisconsin schools. Dayton lowered the state sales tax and increased spending for our schools. Which state would you like to live in? People that disagree with Dayton need to find a bridge and cross it.

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bgronniJan. 23, 13 8:20 PM

. Which state would you like to live in? Actually WI, or Florida. I ahve to give Dayton some credit, this is a better plan than i thought he would come up with. but it still increases taxes and does not do enough to decrease spending, the reason he needs to increase taxes.

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goferfanzJan. 23, 13 8:23 PM

"""People that disagree with Dayton need to find a bridge and cross it."""....You know, dont keep tempting people. You cant even recruit doctors to work in this state anymore. And Dayton IS the ultimate hypocrite, when he-- who was born into wealth-- yes true wealth, raises the income tax on the poorest Minnesotans-->and they are the poorest by far, often a negative net wealth of -200,000 to -300,000 thanks mostly to student debt and the housing collapse. It is the Pelosi doctrine of taxing income rather than wealth. And in a state..... all people have to do is move away. I have seen it happen dozens of times and it is hurting our state there, mr comment. Yet, Gov Dayton has never worried about money, and it really, really shows.

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bhappyJan. 23, 13 8:27 PM

Another 2% in state taxes. A 3.6% increase in federal income taxes. Resumption of the 2% payroll tax. The new Obamacare 3.9% tax. About 12% more in taxes for the top brackets. Another 5% in capital gains tax. Add it all up and the top rate will be around 63% or so. That is high enough to encourage the very wealthy to leave Minnesota and head to Florida, Texas, Nevada, South Dakota. This will also encourage our Fortune 500 employers to locate HQ in warmer climates with lower tax rates. 3M can work out of Texas just as well as Minnesota. Just imagine giving the government 2 out of every 3 dollars you earn. This is not much of an incentive to work, and is a great incentive to do it somewhere else.

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hinkerdoodJan. 23, 13 8:31 PM

The numbers don't add up! And he forgot about that $800,000,000 tab for the Vikings Stadium that is under funded.

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tholmquistJan. 23, 13 8:32 PM

@comment229 Where is your backup that Walker slashed funding to schools. He is proposing a new incentive program in his budget to promote schools to improve. Your facts are wrong

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avejoeconJan. 23, 13 8:39 PM

It looks like Wisconsin is going to raise the tax on gasoline sales in that state, and the governor also slashed spending to the Wisconsin schools. Dayton lowered the state sales tax and increased spending for our schools. Which state would you like to live in? People that disagree with Dayton need to find a bridge and cross it.-----------------He PROPOSED lowering the sales tax cut increasing the amount of sales tax you pay because he proposes extending the sales tax to a lot more items. Be prepared to Pay more, you voted for it.

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wisiagJan. 23, 13 8:43 PM

Sadly, game over for Minnesota Miracle. Gov Dayton is more interested in taxing, than creating. Every state that has tried what Dayton wants to do only has gotten worse(NY, CA). He should follow the Virgina model.

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