Minnesota's tax-and-spend policy: Everyone pays

  • Article by: Scott Gill
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 6:34 PM

We’re all going to bear the burden of our elected officials’ appetite for spending, and actually, the ride is going to be anything but thrilling.

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elmore1May. 15, 13 6:56 PM

Thanks for telling like it is. If anyone doubts the fiscal mismanagement and revenge strategy being used by Dayton and the DFL just consider the fact that they refuse to cut or redirect funding on existing underperforming programs. This is SOP for any organization. This arrogant and irresponsible behavior should not be tolerated. We need moderate leadership not immature schoolyard behavior.

MounditeMay. 15, 13 7:21 PM

Scott, are u not concerned that the IRS and MN debt of revenue will go after you for speaking out against tax and spend policies?

unionbossmanMay. 15, 13 7:39 PM

Can't wait until the Dem voters get CRUSHED by the massive tax increases. Elections have consequences.

Mark27May. 15, 13 7:52 PM

Minnesota needs a more reliable revenue stream which is why I was partially amenable to a clothing tax, even though it's more regressive than I'd prefer. Even low-hanging fruit like Sunday liquor sales would have helped with streamlining revenue collection. But if these guys were serious about more reliable revenues, the absolute stupidest thing they could do is become even more dependent on hundreds of millions of dollars per year from artificially overpriced cigarettes.....and that doesn't even take to account the monstrous ethics of "sin taxes" and how they are unconscionable public policy in about a dozen different ways. The cigarette tax alone is enough for me to rate the 2013 session as a giant step backwards for the state in terms of tax policy.

theruntMay. 15, 13 8:38 PM

I would like to have seen the author exemplify more fully just what facet of tax increase affects his business most, and to what degree.

jpcooperMay. 15, 13 9:29 PM

In the next 2-5 years what major Minnesota Company will move it Corporate Headquarter to another State and Incorporate there? Medtronic? Target? Cargill? None of these companies really need to be incorporated here. How about United Health? $4.8 Billion per year in profit which MN takes 10%? They could easily move to Texas and take 5000 jobs with them. Thats easily $600M per year in State and local taxes. Ecolabs? Company is profitable now and small enough to move easily? ........Just think of the tax revenue lost if these up and leave? Minnesota would be in a world of hurt!

kleindropperMay. 15, 13 9:37 PM

Looking at today's Strib opinion page, I'm wondering if I woke up in some sort of Bizarro world. Lamenting tax increases, calling out the President on scandals, and even an anti-Obama cartoon from Sack?

chuckdancerMay. 15, 1311:17 PM

Are Minnesotans still paying back the borrowed money with interest borrowed to take the place of money raised by taxes?** Just to clarify, the income tax would be on taxable income not earned income.** I also would like an assessment by this fellow of the estimated cost of these changes for his situation; after all he is stating that there is a serious negative effect for himself so what is it. ** I thought that business was given a property tax break by the Republicans with the difference made up by everybody else. Did you get a property tax reduction?

allhailfsmMay. 15, 1311:22 PM

The "tax and spend" argument is a totally empty criticism. It is the reason governments are formed in the first place. If these commenters object to what was done, they should make their case on facts, not on political phrase making.

exrepublicanMay. 15, 1311:22 PM

Amazing how the same people who are so anti-tax suddenly have their hand out when it comes to things they like, such as the military (to go find new oil sources); new roads (to drive their SUVs down at high speed); farm subsidies (to keep their corporate farms more profitable) and new airports (you need a nice facility for that corporate jet). All they need to do is keep convincing the rubes that the government is the enemy and that big corporations are their friend, and the FoxNews zombies will keep voting against their own interests.


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