Keep Minnesota's government transparent

  • Article by: King Banaian
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Unfortunately, it appears to be moving in the opposite direction under DFL contol.

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pumiceApr. 22, 13 8:58 PM

From the article: "[The Sunshine Commission] brought substantial reforms to the agencies reviewed. One agency was found that had not operated for years; another was subsumed into a department, saving money.... Agency after agency appeared before the commission and reflected on its mission.... Advice was given on how to budget for outcomes, which is helping these agencies do a better job. All those reports now sit on the commission’s website, and citizens can see why these agencies exist." So then, King Banaian, mission accomplished? Time to sunset the Sunshine Advisory Commission and save another 0.004 percent of the state budget?

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pumiceApr. 22, 13 9:17 PM

And regarding the "[2011] provision requiring the Revenue Department’s Tax Incidence Study to show the distribution of taxes paid by Minnesotans of different income groups [being] changed to remove consideration of federal taxes." What reason could there be for this, indeed? Ask those who rely on the "47% of filers pay no federal income tax" talking point why sunshine that's good for the goose isn't good for the gander. Minnesota's Tax Incidence Study reports state and local taxes. According to the Tax Incidence Study, filers in the middle deciles pay a higher effective state and local tax rate than filers in the top decile.

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elmore1Apr. 23, 1312:18 AM

This is an interesting perspective on the new majority. We are in for a bad time by the "good ole DFL" boys.

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pumiceApr. 23, 13 7:47 AM

More re the "[2011] provision requiring the Revenue Department’s Tax Incidence Study to show the distribution of taxes paid by Minnesotans of different income groups [being] changed to remove consideration of federal taxes." Mr. Banaian's talking point is that top Minnesota income-earners pay such a high effective rate in federal income taxes that it compensates for their lower effective state and local tax rates. The issue Mr. Banaian does't address is that Minnesota is one of the states which doesn't get the full benefit of federal revenues. Minnesotans do get the full benefit of state and local taxes.

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jd55604Apr. 23, 13 6:45 PM

Maybe we could utilize the same tactics government officials like to use against us. Install video/voice recording equipment inside every room in every government building and allow us plebes unrestricted access to watch and listen in. We the people are the masters and public employees are the servants right?

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tacotonyApr. 24, 13 8:40 AM

This opinion piece is as good an example of lack of transparency as you can find.

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