Minnesota Legislature: GOP talks taxes, not storms

  • Article by: Lori Sturdevant , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 5:24 PM

Republican legislators — especially those seeking higher offices — had a field day at Monday’s disaster relief special session, railing about the “man-made disaster” that new sales taxes on some business services is causing. They offered a litany of anecdotes about businesses planning to leave the state or canceling expansion plans because of those new taxes’ damage to their competitive position.

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xscdvfklSep. 9, 13 4:31 PM

How about that new Vikings stadium Lori? Dayton finally get around to reading that bill or still has no idea what he has signed into law?

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gandalf48Sep. 9, 13 4:37 PM

Great, another column blaming the GOP for bring up relevant issues and trying to point out the hypocrisy of the Democrats. The title of the article and the content make it very clear that the only finger pointing will be at the GOP. No mention of the hypocrisy of the DFL trying to repeal only the farm equipment repairs while leaving all other equipment repair taxes (I wonder if that has to do with the F in DFL). No mention of the hypocrisy of not paying back the school borrowing that was demonized during the last election and not even a whisper of the fact that $2 billion in increased spending while this equipment repair tax only amounts to a few hundred million...a minor cut in the increased spending could easily cover the elimination of the equipment repair tax.

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Mark27Sep. 9, 13 4:58 PM

If Republicans had any sense at all, the centerpiece of their 2014 midterm campaign would be the unfairness of smokers earning $20,000 per year paying for a multimillionaire crook's playpark....all courtesy of "the party of the little guy". This is the issue that will move votes from one team to another in a way small ball issues like the equipment repair tax will not. The Republican Party's path to victories in 2014 is paved with appealing to working-class smokers.

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stanturnSep. 9, 13 5:12 PM

Hey Mark27, The Vikings stadium sponsors were Republican Senator Julie Rosen of Fairmont and retired GOP Representative Morrie Lanning from Moorhead. The GOP-controlled legislature passed the Vikings free-lunch bill, Dayton just signed the thing...

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Mark27Sep. 9, 13 5:22 PM

stanturn, there's a smidgen of truth to that, but Dayton is the one who levied taxes on a group of low-income Minnesotans to pay for the stadium whom he promised he would not raise taxes on during the campaign. The politics of this is entire on the Republicans' side heading into 2014...if they have the brains to fashion an intelligent campaign that will take away votes the other side usually gets. And by the way, I'm not a Republican. Much as I despise the DFL right now, I'm still closer to them than the Republicans. I'm just making observations on the political horse race.

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elmore1Sep. 9, 13 6:37 PM

There is no way the DFLers can hide their fiscal mismanagement and onslaught of taxes on all Minnesotans. Next elections should be interesting.

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mikehessSep. 9, 13 6:56 PM

it seems everyone recognizes the responsibility to correct these taxes relies with the DFL majority and the governor - except the DFL majority and the governor.

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twspt7Sep. 9, 13 7:24 PM

"GOP talks taxes, not storms" Is anyone surprised by this? It is all they care about. Storms, deficits for years on end, borrowing and spending, these are trivial little distractions on the GOP list of priorities. They want to enjoy the benefits this great state provides just like the rest of us, but don't ask 'em to help pay for it. The GOP needs to come to terms with the fact that freedom is not free, and responsibility is the reverse of the coin of freedom.

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thebatmanSep. 9, 13 7:33 PM

It's completely unfair to characterize the GOP as "pea shooters". They were not in favor of the spending hikes the DFL put in place, so why should they have to propose alternate taxes to replace the idiotic ones the DFL have enacted? If our state government is so feeble it can't survive without the revenue from these 2 puny taxes then we are in trouble indeed. Too bad very few people in government actually understand business or how the economy works.

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fooledmeonceSep. 9, 13 7:46 PM

if I were a business owner I'd be all prepared to move the entire inventory across state lines 2 days before the new tax kicked in and give the boys a unexpected pay raise just because

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