Minnesota Senate tax bill offers needed reform

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Expanding sales tax base would better reflect today’s economy.

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toomuchgovApr. 24, 13 8:45 PM

THe DFL simply will not stop until they have all of your money. They simpy cannot get enough, only seek more, and never even consider actually spending within their limits. Only taxing more, more, more. We voted them in, we sill suffer the consequences. That is democracy.

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groover6Apr. 24, 13 9:23 PM

Can Ted Mondale afford these high taxes?

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theruntApr. 24, 13 9:57 PM

Don't have a problem with this approach. Nice to get the state out of debt. Lower property taxes a little. Get the high earners back to the rate they once had. Seems like progress.

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Mark27Apr. 24, 1310:28 PM

The state definitely needs to diversify its revenue stream and I don't disagree with everything in the Senate plan. But kicking smokers in the crotch yet again makes the plan a nonstarter for me. The DFL may have a mandate for a number of things but extracting another $1,000+ per year from smokers is not one of them....and the fact that this massively controversial mugging of the poor, the abused, and the mentally ill is moving forward with effectively no public hearing at all is governance at its most predatory and cynical. The DFL will get slaughtered in the next election and they'll deserve it if they do this, particularly when Dayton got elected promising not to prey upon smokers.

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herby2013Apr. 25, 13 6:05 AM

You see, you may not realize this because Democrat politicians are "so much smarter" than the rest of us, but YOU NEED to have your taxes increased. Now, only the truly gullible will believe that their overall tax burden will go down under the Democrats' plan to expand sales taxes to services and more products while insignificantly lowering the overall rate. But gullibility is what Democrats rely on to get elected. All you have to do is look at the spending projections of Mark Dayton and his Democrat legislature to see that they are INCREASING SPENDING, with an additional $1 billion in welfare spending and the "revenue" to fund that spending has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is you, me, and everyone else who works for a living. But I guess we just aren't smart enough to realize how having less money in our pockets so welfare benefits can be expanded for able-bodied people is good for us because these Democrats are "so much smarter" than we are...

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herby2013Apr. 25, 13 6:15 AM

By the way, people, the Star Tribune is (again) using its influence under the guise of being a credible news organization to demand higher taxes on the rest of us while last month the paper was arguing AGAINST Dayton's proposed business-to-business sales tax because it would be hurtful to the Star Tribune. You see, the Star Tribune does not want higher taxes on themselves, but wants higher taxes on the rest of us. Consider that next time your subscription bill arrives.

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paulusApr. 25, 13 6:33 AM

Much like Obama and the national Democrat party, the DFL ran on promising to raise taxes on the "evil rich". Surprise, everyone is going to pay higher taxes. Clothing, internet sales, alcohol, cigarettes, sales tax, are just some of the taxes that everyone will pay, including the poor. Minnesota will now have the 3rd highest income tax in the nation behind California and New York. If the DFL doesn't think business will leave this state, then the Kool-Aid must have been mixed too strong. I hope the voters remember this disgrace in 2012. Now that everyone is paying, maybe the people that wanted to raise taxes on everyone but themselves will get a clue.

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cjohnstonApr. 25, 13 7:31 AM

Higher taxes. Is this a surprise to anyone? And how long do you think the "lower" 6% sales tax rate will last? Sounds like the democrats want to boil a frog

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nogophersApr. 25, 13 7:54 AM

Why does this party not have any clue on how to cut spending? Spend money you don't have then raise taxes so you can do it all over again. I cannot wait until the fall elections to run these insane people out of office.

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rok919Apr. 25, 13 8:30 AM

YOU. DON'T. NEED. ANY. MORE. MONEY.

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