Hot Dish Politics: Minnesota tax-the-rich plan targets 54,000

  • Article by: BAIRD HELEGSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 9:37 PM
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benleeMar. 30, 13 6:09 PM

My next door neighbors finally threw in the towel for Florida. Dare I say they're pretty happy about it too! Dayton's new tax tier will put Minnesota at #2, after the #1 highest tax rate California. Whom may I ask, funds the salaries, and benefits, along with - as we are now finding out - 6 figure pensions of the steadfast union public employee "teachers and fire fighters"? If enough of us move to Florida, who then will pay for the union benefits?

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moremoretaxMar. 30, 13 6:15 PM

Dayton, you have no idea what you are doing. Next year, you can read about the 35,000 revenue suppliers who have re-located. How you were elected is disgusting.

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dogmanMar. 30, 13 7:22 PM

"Next year, you can read about the 35,000 revenue suppliers who have re-located." -- so of the richest Minnesotans, only a third are responsible citizens, and the rest would rather flee than pay their fair share? I guess money doesn't buy a conscience. It's interesting to to note that high tax states continue to outperform no tax states.

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cmo55Mar. 30, 13 9:18 PM

Mr Dayton, why don't you also proposed legislation to recapture tax revenue from the thousands of retired State and Local government employees that have retired from their public sector jobs and fled to low-tax or non-tax states such as Florida and Texas. Many States are moving toward elimination of Income taxes. These are the States that are growing their private sectors.

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benleeMar. 30, 1310:06 PM

dogman: "rather flee than pay their fair share? This of course begs the question, if we're talking about fairness and "fair share," why do some people pay 0 taxes? Shouldn't everybody be required to pay some taxes, have skin in the game, isn't that fair? Some people pay 0 taxes, yet still receive rebates, credits and a refund check BACK from the government. WHY do some people have an obligation to put in more to cover those who don't put any in at all? What makes that "fair"? In my opinion this can all be summed up in one word - greed. The have-nots want what the have's have: "you pay, I get". They want more. The haves want to keep the income they have worked for, that they have earned. I think it would be really "fair" if EVERYONE paid the same percentage of their income in taxes.

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kilofoxMar. 30, 1310:30 PM

High tax states continue to outperform low tax states? In what? Number of people leaving the state?

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teddy81554Mar. 30, 1310:41 PM

Why do newspapers insist on publishing statistics as if they are the truth. You can always bend numbers to favor your side.

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dogmanMar. 31, 1312:25 AM

"High tax states continue to outperform low tax states? In what?" -- economic growth per capita... not only that... these non-tax states perform below average... Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Nevada. Of course... I'm sure they make up for the poor economic growth with a fantastic quality of life

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chablis28Mar. 31, 1312:28 AM

Think about this. Dayton can't and won't even attempt to convince all 353,000 MN taxpayers that MN government needs to grow spending and each of us have a bill coming for this new spending. So,instead he tells the majority of us don't worry you get a freebee, we'll just stick 21,000 of us the bill. Is this how we run a democracy? Only 21,000 of us have to pick up the tab for new government spending??? And worse yet, most of us won't see a dimes benefit from this new spending. It will be sucked up by government unions and bureacracies. How is that fair?

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dogmanMar. 31, 1312:39 AM

"This of course begs the question, if we're talking about fairness and "fair share," why do some people pay 0 taxes? " -- that is a great question, because I'm not aware of anyone who pays 0 taxes. If someone owns a home, fills their car up with gas, buys a pack of gum or earns a paycheck... they pay tax.............. as far as fair share... our tax system has become more regressive over the past two decades... to the point where the rich pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than the rest.

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