Government growth? Not in Minnesota. Not overall.

  • Article by: Jeff Van Wychen
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 7:05 PM

Proper formulations show that state and local spending together have fallen.

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jjsbrwJul. 25, 13 8:26 PM

Dear Writer: I am sure that people who hate government and facts of any kind will simply ignore your claims. Just like they want to believe that federal spending has "exploded" and is "out of control" under President Obama. Facts will never convince these people of anything that doesn't fit their preconceived narrative.

garagewineJul. 25, 13 8:39 PM

How about local, state, AND federal spending?

jbpaperJul. 25, 13 8:59 PM

"Comparing growth in combined state and local government spending from 2000 to 2010 (the most recent year for which census data on local government spending is available), Minnesota’s real per capita general expenditures declined by 3.6 percent. Minnesota ranks 46th among the states in terms of change in state and local general expenditure over this period (i.e., in 45 states, real per capita state and local general expenditures increased or declined less rapidly than in Minnesota)."-------- Sounds like we should re-elect Pawlenty. He seems to be the only one that can keep spending in check.

martytoilJul. 25, 13 9:30 PM

jbpaper--"Sounds like we should re-elect Pawlenty. He seems to be the only one that can keep spending in check."--OK, but then who are you going to elect to clean up mess and pay the bills after he is done kicking the can down the road again.

chasgoodniteJul. 25, 13 9:39 PM

Makes one wonder who's pocking all the tax revenue, then...

beezer1Jul. 25, 13 9:45 PM

"Sounds like we should re-elect Pawlenty. He seems to be the only one that can keep spending in check"

Yes, his 26% increase in property taxes was awesome.Also in 2010, the final budget deal "saved" $1.8 billion by shifting some state payments to schools to the next budget year. Yep a real "budget hawk".

elmore1Jul. 25, 13 9:45 PM

"College costs have skyrocketed". Yes, they tripled over a ten year period during a time of low inflation, simply passed on to students. After being singled out for "administrative bloat" rather than reducing expenses or increasing productivity they rely on the state to bail them out....

nationalistJul. 25, 1311:31 PM

Your missing the point, Government Spending should not be rising at all, because government is involved in way too many areas.

EleanoreJul. 26, 13 7:02 AM

In MN since this last session taxation has risen, new taxes have been imposed as well. Spending on new, excessive, and unjustifiable projects has increased. Entire new government bureaucracies have been created. The authors numbers spin doesn't square with the on the ground reality and when push comes to "you're not crossing this line", anyone would be foolish to support their position with creative and selective statistics compared to ground truth.

EleanoreJul. 26, 13 7:40 AM

Thumbs down me all you want, reality is not as selective academics makes it appear.


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