Minnesota budget forecast improves

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Economy improves, but not enough to erase state’s red ink.

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stcroixdiverFeb. 28, 13 7:30 PM

The thought of raising taxes with a 1.7% budget deficit is reprehensible. This budget shortfall can be solved in 5 minutes. Governor, some leadership please.....

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elmore1Feb. 28, 13 9:05 PM

Minnesota does have relatively good education compared to other states. What continues to be missing is an aligned vision, metrics and accountability. Simply spending much more on education is not enough. We see the low graduation rates in Mpls, wasteful spending at the U, crushing college debt and the numerous and many times conflicting "silver bullet" k-twelve proposals and as a taxpayer, I don't get a sense that we are getting enough for the money. If we are making investments in education it needs to deliver results.

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hrearden57Feb. 28, 13 9:53 PM

Democrats will attempt to raise taxes.

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alansonFeb. 28, 13 9:55 PM

Anybody else notice that under Dayton future tax revenues have been consistently underestimated while he uses those estimates to try to get taxes raised?

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barbjensMar. 1, 13 6:12 AM

But the GOP did not want to raise taxes under Pawlenty, also borrowing money from education. If taxes have to be raised to "get back on track", so be it. Get out of the deficit, we can always cut taxes later.

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furguson11Mar. 1, 13 6:49 AM

So does this mean that the Strib supports accepting a business to business sales tax, or are they still advocating taxing everyone else?

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palsarMar. 1, 13 8:59 AM

It doesn't matter to the DFL, even if we had a small surplus they'd still want to increase spending and taxes.

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donj721Mar. 1, 1311:31 AM

Problem with raising taxes now and lowering them later, once politicians get there hands on the money, they never give it up.

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supergoldMar. 4, 13 5:58 PM

I am quite certain that during his first term one of Governor Dayton's Budget Proposals received 0 votes from even the Democrats. So we should not be surprised by his new business to business sales tax idea. It to has to be defeated. His perception is strange - in describing his options he compares the business to business sales tax idea and the idea of increasing the general sales tax base as two related options. They are unrelated and one does not even exist. It does not exist because it would damage our state's economy.

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