Minnesota is one of several states weighing shift to sales tax

  • Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 4, 2013 - 6:26 AM

Minnesota isn’t alone in looking at depending more on sales taxes.

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elmore1Mar. 3, 13 9:00 PM

Interesting analysis. Some states like Wyoming cut state agency funding by six point five percent to keep peoples taxes down so that they have more to spend. Lots of good options or combinations available.

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brianjapanMar. 3, 13 9:33 PM

I am all in favor of that in return for NO state income tax. However Mr Dayton wants to expand sales tax AND increase state income taxes, not eliminate it. I only wish he would raise the sales tax and broaden the base IN PLACE of the state income tax. Will never happen with DFL in control.

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mgs5150Mar. 3, 1310:03 PM

What are the chances they expand sales tax and actually decrease other taxes? Bookmark this page, the answer is zero percent. Once the government gets its hands on your money, it is gone, they will never let you have it back. Example: the convention center tax. Once it was paid for they never stopped collecting it as promised. How come government in geneal and dems in particular think the government allows it tax payers to keep their money. People have been brainwashed into thinking its rightfully the governments money first and citizens second.

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svictoriaMar. 3, 1310:15 PM

Certainly the state could save money in some other areas, such as public assistance. Why increase the tax on those who actually buy those products and services with money earned, when those on public assistance, for the most part, are not contributing to the tax base. Minnesota has become way overfunded with 21st century immigration.

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mom2fourMar. 3, 1310:30 PM

Overall spending must be reduced, or any tax changes are just hocus-pocus slight of hand increases in taxes - period.

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jcinmnMar. 3, 1310:42 PM

This kind of blows a hole in the legal and advertising "experts" who claim that a tax on services will cause their clients to look elsewhere? Where else are they going to look if everybody's doing it?

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freedomallMar. 3, 1310:57 PM

There should be no Sales Tax for Clothes, Non-Perishable food items, School Supplies and RX items that do not exceed a cost of 100 dollars per item.

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freedomallMar. 3, 1310:58 PM

'However Mr Dayton wants to expand sales tax AND increase state income taxes' In his budget proposal the state Sales Tax was lowered under his plan.

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chiefwiggumMar. 3, 1311:02 PM

sales tax is a regressive tax, by definition. There's no way around this, and Minnesota's current tax code as it stands is regressive enough.

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stymes01Mar. 3, 1311:05 PM

I live in a state with no income tax and I can tell you it creates a myriad of problems. Extremely high user fees, high sales tax (10% on everything), complex rules and different permits needed for similar activities. My biggest complaint is it is almost impossible to fund any new infrastructure projects. All major new road projects or rebuilds of bridges result in tolling, no investments can be made for projects that improve traffic conditions which are aweful. In Seattle there are two ways to go east across lake washington, 520 and I5. 520 is now tolled so everyone drives down to i5. Now they are discussing tolling i5 to raise the revenue they are losing on 520 because tolling was supposed to pay for the project. There is obviously much more. I am sure I am paying less in taxes overall than I did in MN but it feels worse when I have to pay 3x as much to register my older car, 4x as much to register my motorcycle, 10% tax on top of any major purchase which is not a small amount, and ridiculously high liquor taxes. We have had a fire sale away from progressive taxation which the right continuously advocates for but never acknowledges has already happened or been happening. I am not convinced that shift has been a positive one overall. I am looking forward to coming back to MN and its fairly progressive taxation. Which I believe leads to a higher quality of life.

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