Minnesota DFLers offer a responsible budget

  • Article by: Paul Thissen
  • Updated: April 2, 2013 - 8:04 PM

We’d repay the schools, as we should. But our plan is not ‘anticompetitive.’

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my4centsApr. 2, 13 7:46 PM

Thissen is talking out of both sides of his mouth. He says "we believe you ought to pay off debt before you spend money on something new." Yet just before that statement he talks about how their budget "invests significantly in education." The "investment" he refers to is not limited to paying back the schools - it also includes NEW spending for all-day kindergarten, more money for higher education, and an $800 million bonding bill. Is his logic that if he calls it an investment it doesn't count as new spending?

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cgallawayApr. 2, 13 7:57 PM

Here's an idea...take the nearly $500 million you are raising for the Vikings Stadium and pay back education with it. That would help quite a bit.

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boris123Apr. 2, 13 8:35 PM

You know how Democrats are. They’ll vote for anything if the thing they vote for will turn around and vote for them. If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.

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bigbadbeanApr. 2, 13 8:44 PM

Business as usual. Facts are that the wealthy already pay the bulk of the taxes in this state and the country. Stop the class warfare. Grow up and admit that you have no intention of ever cutting spending. The DFL is intent on bankrupting us or enslaving our children to the state with taxes.

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bigbadbeanApr. 2, 13 8:47 PM

No money was taken from the schools so there is nothing to pay back. The schools never had the money in the first place. All money belongs to us until it is confiscated. Once confiscated the government can do whatever they choose with it, including shifting it from schools to other areas.

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mahrebApr. 2, 13 8:50 PM

You've got to be kidding me, the DFL has lost their minds. The President of MN Senate wants in-state tuition for illegals . . . they just voted yes to impose a $5 surcharge on homeowners and auto insurance policies to directly fund bloated pension shortfalls for the unions that gave them money . . .

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supervon2Apr. 2, 13 9:35 PM

I can't believe a member of his own party can read this trite with a straight face. The party of spending comes once again and says all we need is more taxes. And then they have suddenly found more money to spend. Heck. Why didn't he admit they had NO plan to pay the schools back until the Republicans exposed them to the public? Here is aclue to the problem. Spend less. We have a program for everybody, not everybody on a program.

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mikehessApr. 2, 1310:03 PM

So the entire state of Minnesota has created this huge IOU to the school system, so the right and fair thing is to have the wealthiest 1% of the population pay the whole thing back for us. In two years. And then the tax will stop. Maybe. Or maybe the DFL will suddenly decry the "unjust tax cut" the top earners are getting and find some other pet spending project. With the top 5% or so of Minnesotans paying almost 50% of total tax in the state, this is an unsustainable system where so much revenue is balanced on the taxes of so few.

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ronniereaganApr. 2, 1310:38 PM

Thissen- here's a novel idea- why doesn't every democrat voter mail you $50 for your proposal and let's see how much you collect. I love it when he states it only affect 1% or 3% of taxpayers. So if it was 5%, 10% or 50% then it would unethical? Name me a problem a democrat did not try to solve that didn't involve "taxing the rich". GOP has already dramatically closed the amount due in this accounting shift without tax increases from 2010 to 2012.

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mdachsApr. 3, 1312:21 AM

Word to the wise: A so-called 2 year temporary tax on the "wealthy" will never be temporary! The DFL will make it permanent at the earliest opportunity. It's the nature of the DFL.

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