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The use of the term "budget" would imply that their is some sort of constraint. This legislature is taxing everything it can while expanding spending and potentially increasing their pay by 35% How will that shiney new gas tax look on top of $4.25 gas?
If this group goes into overtime needlessly, I submit that none of them should collect any salary or per diem for the full amount of time they have to be in special session. This dragging of feet is so uncalled for!
A lot of gifts in this budget to some questionable recipients. California kept on taxing and spending and taxing and spending and now look where they are.
This needs a lot more than polishing to remove the unethical corporate subsidies, and the other wasteful spending in it. Waiting till the last moment guarantees a corrupt, unworkable budget. Numbers are not the bottom line. These people will learn that lesson in the future when they cross that golden line of abuse and Minnesotans say, "Nope, not supporting that at all. No sir."
"Time erodes as Minn. lawmakers polish budget plan".
They are split and having issues deciding between taxing us "Too Much" or "Way Too Much".
It's not as easy as they make it look
I know many will trash this budget as more liberal tax and spend. I hate the idea of paying more taxes. I really do, and I'm one of the many people that doesn't get a free ride, but what I hate more is borrow and spend until the state is cracking under massive debt. "Conservatives" had years to show us their master plan of lower taxes and lower spending. The problem was that they forgot to cut spending (like they always do), and borrowed against the future so they could give tax breaks to fat cats. Once our former governor piled on so much debt that it was going to be impossible to dig out he quit. That's not leadership. That's not sound fiscal policy. That's cowardly pandering. I hate these new taxes, and I'll hate paying them, but I prefer it to borrow, spend and quit when it gets hard. Show me a republican that will really cut spending and they'll have my vote, but they don't exist anymore.
I thought that the budget was the most important thing ahead for the legislature this year, and everything else was to take a backseat. Wrong!
I hope they include the calculation in the budget for the revenue lost from increased taxes that results in businesses moving out of state. They usually assume that when they raise taxes that everyone will stay in Minnesota and pay those taxes, but in reality what happens is that businesses pick up and move to states like Texas.
@jimmyjames76; let us try it with a conservative governor AND a conservative house! That's the main difference, is that the governor doesn't have to work with a house that's not of the same mind as him. It's easier to get done what you want when people agree, yes?
Still unsure how to "divvy" up 300 million. These people are punch drunk with our money. Please Babyboomers take a hard look at what the Democrat's have done to you and vote them out.
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