DFL still a long way from deal on budget

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2013 - 7:55 PM

DFL legislative leaders are trying to convey a sense of calm and harmony, but beneath the surface they are scrambling to piece together a budget deal, sort out a funding shortfall for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and avoid chasing off Mayo Clinic, the state’s largest private employer.

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dvsdan123Apr. 14, 13 8:07 PM

So the DFL's question is not "Should we raise taxes?" It is; "What taxes should we raise and by how much?"

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serfdumbApr. 14, 13 8:23 PM

...sort out a funding shortfall for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and avoid chasing off Mayo Clinic, the state’s largest private employer. - DFL never seems to mind chasing off businesses because of their tax policies taking money from companies. Now it is concerned because of giving money to a company... Hmmm. Send the Vikings, Mayo, and the Chamber Orchestra away. Good riddance.

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serfdumbApr. 14, 13 8:32 PM

dvsdan123 - "What taxes should we raise and by how much?" - Answer, none, lets just stop re-distribution payments to those that do not participate in the system. Lets see where that takes us. Those that seem to yell the loudest about raising taxes, are generally the ones not paying them. Participate and see how willing you are willing to participate to a greater extent.

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sammy5542612Apr. 14, 13 9:05 PM

One thing is for sure: we need to take a balanced approach and raise taxed on the rich! That is why we elected our leader, Mark Dayton! He knows from his years at Blake and Yale that the workers are tired of the crowded cities. We want living space. It is simply not fair nor sustainable that some Minnesotans live in large houses in the suburbs, while the workers are stuck in the 394/694 beltway. Time is running low. The voters have already decided. We want our money and we we want it now!

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brotherhoodApr. 14, 13 9:20 PM

With recent state revenue shortfalls to deal with unmet needs such as large classroom sizes, deteriorating bridges and roads, unemployment, and homelessness, I am quite concerned about the State Legislature setting a precedent to provide the enormous sum of a $500 million-plus subsidy to the Mayo Clinic. This is an extremely endowed organization that annually produces over $500 million in net income. The Mayo Clinic is more than capable of expanding its services without an unwarranted governmental handout. I encourage the State Legislators to review carefully the financial statements of the Mayo Clinic. Governments have a terrible record of choosing winners and losers instead of having the marketplace do so, especially when the government has to raise more taxes to do so during a down economy.

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mypcaccountApr. 14, 13 9:24 PM

just raise the taxes on those rich people making more than 40k per year, add in the sales tax on clothing and internet sales, increase that gas tax for the empty trains to no where (see the northstar) and why not pass gay marriage just for good measure!

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dflleftApr. 14, 13 9:25 PM

MY understanding is that the "snowbird" tax is still supported by Dayton and remains in his plan, and the DFL is still planning to "surtax" everyones auto insurance policy's to bail out the bankrupt Duluth teachers pension plan. Raise your hand if you support this.

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huggybear28Apr. 14, 13 9:50 PM

So who is the DFL going to blame when they don't get a budget passed at the legislative deadline? The answer is they have no one else to blame but themselves. All I read throughout the article is commitments by the DFL to raise taxes and spending but they have no plan to actually balance the two items out into a balanced budget.

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Mark27Apr. 14, 13 9:51 PM

I would be absolutely shocked if the rich see a single penny in additional tax increases no matter how inevitable the story makes it sound. It will only take the least bit of lobbyist pressure on a handful of nervous nelly DFLers to keep that from happening. In the end, all that will happen is the perennial cigarette tax increase hitting the poor, the abused, and the mentally ill (i.e. those without lobbyists pressuring DFL swing voters). Take it to the bank.

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Mark27Apr. 14, 1311:07 PM

huggybear28, "So who is the DFL going to blame when they don't get a budget passed at the legislative deadline?".....Nobody. They will look like incompetent fools if they can't work something out before Memorial Day. And they will look like frauds if the only thing they can agree is yet another cigarette tax after campaigning on making the tax code more progressive. Seems almost certain that the House will be gone for them in 2014 unless they can work out a miracle in the next 45 days. And they should consider themselves lucky the Senate won't be up for re-election until 2016.

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