Dayton's budget frays alliance with Minnesota business

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 11:18 PM

Analysis: DFL governor’s plan to reshape state taxes jeopardizing his efforts to court CEOs.

  • 64
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
potter101Feb. 18, 1311:17 PM

He Should by all means stay away from the influence of a group of people who operate without a conscience in most cases and is only concerned with the bottom line. What do you think these bonus babies will ask for. they will ask for, in all probability, to gold plate their bottom line and the plating will come from me and my neighbors. Dayton should stay on track, taking care of the people, being a speaker and a advocate for the middle class and poor. Business and the wealthy have trillions of dollars worth of a free rides and they need zero support. Every dime ever given business has never leveled the playing field, in fact has always done the opposite.

9
83
potter101Feb. 18, 1311:21 PM

When Government giving money to business its only picking winners annd loosers. That is not capitalism.

14
40
gwbuddyFeb. 18, 1311:46 PM

I will never cease to wonder HOW the State of Minnesota can afford to give MILLIONS of $$$ to a New Jersey billionaire for a new Vikings football stadium. At the same time -- as this article clearly explains -- the State of Minnesota either CAN'T, or WON'T, -- and I assume the latter -- provide a favorable business environment for Companies that are located in the State itself. A good example is where 3M made a committment to keep it's Headquarters in Maplewood. What does 3M get in return? More proposed changes from the State of Minnesota that would discourage almost ANY business from wanting to stay in Minnesota. Hmmm. Betrayal? Some things are just NOT "Right" in Governor Dayton's taxation plans. I hope that Mark Dayton will be able to SEE those things before it is TOO LATE!

59
9
elmore1Feb. 19, 1312:05 AM

Dayton has succeeded in ticking off just about everyone. Mark, time to take a step back and bring in a moderate proposal that includes cuts to underperforming or redundant govt programs.

83
8
minn12Feb. 19, 13 2:56 AM

'Alliance with business' ?? Hardly. With democrats in control, businesses know they will be under attack with more high taxes and regulations. That's why many are fleeing this state now, as is happening in other high-tax states like California. You simply cannot put liberals in charge of a state. All everyone ever gets in higher taxes and fees, and a bigger debt. Remember this next election.

61
17
forpeopleFeb. 19, 13 3:31 AM

I certainly made a big, big mistake when I voted for Dayton. Dayton is bad news for almost everyone. He's bad news for businesses (think of the impact of his ridiculous sales tax on small women-owed cleaning businesses) and bad for middle class citizens (with his huge tax increase on the middle class). Why is Dayton so clueless? Because he's a a spoiled rich guy who has never lived in the real world.

75
11
jcinmnFeb. 19, 13 3:55 AM

“ 'We are not just putting out our proposal and going to hide,” said Myron Frans, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue. “We are going out there saying, here’s our plan, this is our solution. If you don’t want us generating revenue from the business to business, what’s your solution? ' ” Dayton OWES nothing to business. Remember "Forward Minnesota" which funneled big money to the Emmer campaign? Dayton has reached out to the business community and his proposal is not written in stone. Modifications will come from negotiations at the legislature. Remember! The voters have only one day to decide the future of government. The business community, with its lobbyists, have the rest of the days that the legislature is in session. Dayton is realistic. He knows that, no matter how much he reaches out to business, at the end of the day they will plough money into the Republican candidates in 2014.

15
45
jcinmnFeb. 19, 13 4:03 AM

gwbuddy "I will never cease to wonder HOW the State of Minnesota can afford to give MILLIONS of $$$ to a New Jersey billionaire for a new Vikings football stadium. At the same time -- as this article clearly explains -- the State of Minnesota either CAN'T, or WON'T, -- and I assume the latter -- provide a favorable business environment for Companies that are located in the State itself. " What is a "favorable business environment"? Give everything away? Look at Target. It promised Brooklyn Park that it would create 10,000 jobs if it could get favorable tax consideration on its new campus in Brooklyn Park. Now it is looking for a government financed LRT so it can import workers from outside the city. The business community has received preferred treatment from the last administration and, while MInnesota citizens suffered during the last recession, it accrued a multi billion dollar war chest to buy out out-of-state companies, cut workers and consolidate offices (example - Ecolabs and 3 M).

8
28
jcinmnFeb. 19, 13 4:07 AM

minn12 " 'Alliance with business' ?? Hardly. With democrats in control, businesses know they will be under attack with more high taxes and regulations. That's why many are fleeing this state now, as is happening in other high-tax states like California. You simply cannot put liberals in charge of a state. All everyone ever gets in higher taxes and fees, and a bigger debt. Remember this next election" You need to re-learn math! A sales tax reduction from 6.875 to 5.5% is a REDUCTION NOT AN INCREASE.

11
38
jcinmnFeb. 19, 13 4:15 AM

forpeople "I certainly made a big, big mistake when I voted for Dayton. Dayton is bad news for almost everyone. He's bad news for businesses (think of the impact of his ridiculous sales tax on small women-owed cleaning businesses) and bad for middle class citizens (with his huge tax increase on the middle class). Why is Dayton so clueless? Because he's a a spoiled rich guy who has never lived in the real world" Get a clue! The sales tax is not on "small women-owed-cleaning businesses" it is on the customers who pay for the services of small women (or men) - owned -cleaning services. THERE IS NO HUGE TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN FACT THERE IS NO TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS unless you consider the CEO's of these fortune 500 companies with their million dollar salaries and stock options middle class. There is a 20% REDUCTION in the sales tax which affects all Minnesotans. A reduction is definitely NOT an increase by any stretch of the imagination. We have a wealthy governor actually thinking of how he can ease the pain of those of us in a shrinking middle class and trying to spread the burden out that's all!

14
43

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT