Dayton's new plan: 'Tax the rich,' leave sales taxes alone

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 5:34 AM

Governor abandons expansion of sales tax, property tax credit.

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abe696Mar. 14, 1310:17 PM

Until the successful taxpayers and business owners negatively impacted by the targeted tax increases actually move out of the State, their assertions/threats are meaningless.

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jimmybobbyMar. 14, 1310:21 PM

Wow - political courage. Make someone else pay for your supporters public services. Nice. At least with the sales tax expansion everyone was helping to pay for Dayton's plans (hardly evenly split, but I liked it that everyone was paying something more). Now? Just pandering. Sad.

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kenw1952wMar. 14, 1310:22 PM

I understand the need to occasionally raise taxes but this isn't just about raising taxes. Our politicians are looking for everything that hasn't been taxed.....to be taxed. We have to focus on cutting spending, entitlement programs and the inability to require accountability. Other than education, there is not a state agency that could not decrease their budget/spending by a minimum of 10%. The U of M is a perfect example of wasteful spending and absolutely zero accountability but yet they want an increase of $90million in their new budget.....asinine.

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my4centsMar. 14, 1310:22 PM

Even though I still strongly disagree with the new budget proposal, it is at least much closer to what Dayton was proposing when he was first running for office. Other than the cigarette tax and whatever is meant by corporate tax "loopholes," we will likely get what he campaigned on - we'll tax "the other guy." Nearly one million people voted for Dayton in part because he promised to raise taxes on about 55,000 OTHER people.

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vampress_meMar. 14, 1310:37 PM

"wealthier Minnesotans will face higher income tax bills". Too bad that they don't understand that wealthy and income don't always go together. Like our governor, wealth doesn't always come from income earned by that person. So, the true wealthy in this state will once again get to skate by with no higher taxes...

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grouch57Mar. 14, 1310:47 PM

So proud of our "progressive" governor. After completely caving on any sort of new business taxes, he courageously turns to a cigarette tax (again), which will fall disproportionately on the poor. And kudos to the Star Tribune, which is so smugly confident that no one will object to an outrageously high tobacco tax that it doesn't even mention the fact until the 14th paragraph of this story.

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jimiekMar. 14, 1310:51 PM

Dayton did a brilliant end run---taxing the people with the money was what he said he would do. Great strategy. Why tax poor people? They don't HAVE any money.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:26 PM

immybobby Mar. 14, 13 10:21 PM Wow - political courage. Make someone else pay for your supporters public services. Nice. At least with the sales tax expansion everyone was helping to pay for Dayton's plans (hardly evenly split, but I liked it that everyone was paying something more). Now? Just pandering. Sad.************************Lets look at this , it seems to me someone else is always paying for services , it's how taxes work ,it's the reason they tax people. I have zero sympathy for the wealthy and taxing them , can you give me a reason why I should. them helping education is a total net gain balanced against the perceived loss of the wealthy. We will gain more then they will loose .a net gain of Businesses people and investment in the state. The free ride for the wealthy is coming to a end, You will have to pay your increased use of service and infrastructure. Zero Sympathy.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:28 PM

imiek Mar. 14, 13 10:51 PM Dayton did a brilliant end run---taxing the people with the money was what he said he would do. Great strategy. Why tax poor people? They don't HAVE any money.**************Totally agree why go to a place to get something when they don't have something. Go to easy street thats where the money is.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:30 PM

grouch57 Mar. 14, 13 10:47 PM So proud of our "progressive" governor. After completely caving on any sort of new business taxes, he courageously turns to a cigarette tax (again), which will fall disproportionately on the poor. And kudos to the Star Tribune, which is so smugly confident that no one will object to an outrageously high tobacco tax that it doesn't even mention the fact until the 14th paragraph of this story.*********************I propose a hundred dollars tax increase per carton or maybe pack ,in three months the smokers will be praising the decision .

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