Sack cartoon: Tackling Minnesota's budget

  • Article by: Steve Sack , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 5:43 AM
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hobie2May. 6, 13 6:00 AM

What Minnesota needs to control the budget is a constitutional amendment that limits state spending to a fixed number percentage of State Domestic Product, and a flat percent of State DP to be spent only for school equity funding ... State gets a flat amount to spend and that's it. Want more for pet projects? Grow the economy... Local property taxes for schools and local government; gas and vehicle taxes for transportation; bonding for infrastructure. Not perfect, but it's a cap, and the money saved on overhead from not having tax money shuffled around from income to property to rebates will get us an easy 10% jump in direct use spending right away

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comment229May. 6, 13 6:24 AM

Hobie... I would agree with you with one added provision to that amendment and one thought. First, I would not pass such a rigid amendment with zero flexibility without an escape where if the state should get in a situation that could not be controlled, then a override provision would kick in with say, a 66% super majority of legislators needed to spend more money in certain areas. California did their absolutely rigid amendment and it did NOT help their situation one bit and has hurt them when they did need to invest more money in the state.

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comment229May. 6, 13 6:31 AM

PS.. I am beginning the think that the phrase "growing the economy" is ranking right up there in sincerity with "have a nice day." Simply, when I hear it, it is usually a result of someone who has a failed business venture, and an excuse. Businesses have failed for as long as humans have tried to sell something and that will always continue because of bad timing, wrong place, lousy effort or lousy products. Growing the economy should not be the goal of some program, at any level of government, but a result of a needed good idea that is a result of planning and execution. I also hear it a ton, as an excuse from some business people who say this phrase right after "lower my taxes" even though their tax rate is the lowest in history. As you might suspect... I don't much care for that phrase... so have a nice day.

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palsarMay. 6, 13 7:25 AM

Also, eliminate automatic budget increases! Make each dept justify their request for an increase in their budget.

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frenkelMay. 6, 13 1:20 PM

Regardless of how you feel about fossil fuels or alternative/renewable energy the oil fields of ND are booming and raising billions of dollars for the state of ND. There are plenty of MN businesses doing business in ND but MN politicians and universities have done a good job ignoring the potential economic impact of ND oil on MN. MN needs to work closer with ND to become an economic partner and reap some of the oil benefits.

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arspartzMay. 7, 13 1:21 AM

Why not just start sulfide mining up on 'da' range?

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