St. Anthony: 'United for Jobs' groups not always united on Minnesota tax policies

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2013 - 7:30 PM

The state’s two largest business lobbies are attacking Gov. Mark Dayton as a job-killing Democrat for his proposed budget that would increase state spending by 7 percent over the next two years.

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herby2013Apr. 14, 13 9:55 PM

The Star Tribune--which employs the writer of this article--wrote a series of editorial articles condemning Mark Dayton's business-to-business sales tax plan while at the same time urging tax increases on other things like incomes to fund more spending on welfare, unionized public employees, etc. Why would the Star Tribune behave like this? Because the business-to-business taxes would be harmful to the business operations of the Star Tribune but higher taxes on incomes, tobacco, clothes, etc., would not be. You see, the folks at the Star Tribune want higher taxes on everyone else except themselves, and they will use their newspaper and website to sway public opinion to their viewpoint. So you really cannot believe much of what you read in the Star Tribune because it will be filtered to sway public opinion to what the Star Tribune's editorial board wants the public to believe. So I say any tax increase should be felt most of all by those who demand higher tax increases on everyone else. You voted for tax increases, it is only fair that YOU pay them.

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olson123456Apr. 15, 13 7:19 AM

The ad campaign--at best--is milquetoast. "Do your jobs." "Cut the waste." No specifics, despite the fact this is the same bunch of scalawags that sat quietly while the republican-controlled legislature of 2011-12 gave Zygi a half billion towards his new football palace. The Mayo Clinic/Rochester request is similar. The underlying message seems to be one of "cut the waste--unless our members directly benefit from it." Minnesota has never been--and never will be--a cheap place to do business and these folks know that. These same organizations were howling about these same issues almost 30 years ago.

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davehougApr. 15, 1312:13 PM

Put a miser in charge of spending my money. He knows the best use of a dollar.

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sawmanApr. 16, 13 2:07 PM

How many decades/centuries have we been electing officials who vow to cut the waste? The big money groups need to find a message I can actually believe and not threaten my job if their taxes are raised. Boo!

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