Minnesota budget deal takes competitive risk

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: May 13, 2013 - 7:27 PM

The plan’s tax features are a disappointment. It raises revenue in a way that puts Minnesota’s economic competitiveness at risk.

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unionbossmanMay. 13, 13 7:37 PM

Boycott Lindquist and Vennum law firm. Lets hurt Thissen in his wallet like he is doing tithe rest f us.

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awkerccMay. 13, 13 8:07 PM

Maybe if they would actually have the Republicans "in" the negotiations things would have turned out better

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ctifferMay. 13, 13 9:56 PM

Why does Rep. Thissen's employer, Lindquist and Vennum, have offices in South Dakota and Colorado? Obviously, it is to help the partners (Business owners = "Partners") avoid income taxes. Rep Thissen is a partner who is creating laws to help him avoid personal income taxes. Why isn't considered a conflict of interest (or a crime) when you lead the crafting of law that you personally benefit from?

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elmore1May. 14, 1312:07 AM

The biggest disappointment is that the plan doesn't include cuts or redirection to underperforming existing programs. This is irresponsible fiscal management. I am guessing that the Strib and other companies look at their investments every year and cut or redirect spending on underperforming programs. With the stakes exponentially higher, why shouldn't our state government do the same? The editorial board is missing the big picture.

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nonewtaxesMay. 14, 13 2:32 AM

Just when a party thinks they have secured a "permanent majority" they tend to over reach.

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bootsy07May. 14, 13 2:33 AM

It really is nasty from a national competitive standpoint what the DFL is doing with MN income tax rates. Of course if the Republicans ever regain power and propose returning those rates back to the current status quo, there will be the familiar hue and cry from the left "tax cuts for the rich".

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jweb1958May. 14, 13 5:52 AM

$250 million is increased funding for "higher education." As always, no accountability for the administrative bloat and the generally underworked professors. Just throw more money at them, part of which will then be returned to DFL politicians in the form of campaign contributions, aka bribes. And the Star Tribune will look away, not wanting to offend their ideological soulmates in "higher education."

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rufflesMay. 14, 13 6:08 AM

Vote them out!

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tuttifruttiMay. 14, 13 6:29 AM

The teacher's union just got a huge payback from all the cash they sent to the DFL in the last election cycle. Quid pro quo.

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my4centsMay. 14, 13 7:45 AM

Note how the editorial doesn't argue for lower taxes than are proposed - just a different mix. They want lower income taxes and an expanded sales tax - along with a credit for low-income earners. Isn't the result the same? Other than the stupid business to business tax, the only real difference proposed by this editorial would be to make our taxes more complicated. Why add a sales tax and then offer a credit back to some of the people? If the tax itself needs that type of adjustment than don't initiate the tax.

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