Pawlenty expected to call for cuts in every corner in today's State of State speech

  • Article by: PATRICIA LOPEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2009 - 11:58 AM

When he gives his State of the State address, he will offer up a fiscally Spartan vision. >

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swishypeteJan. 15, 0912:09 AM

Still don't get how people can complain about how big business getting tax breaks is bad. They just naturally assume the CEO's and other big cheese executives pocket the money. Big business became big business for a reason: they employ a lot of people. They can employ even more if they don't pay as much in taxes. Still, people don't get it.

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hturnquiJan. 15, 0912:10 AM

Leave it to Tpaw to hit those citizens who are the most vulnerable while protecting his fatcat friends from tax increases. His mentor, George Bush, would be proud of his little protege.

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BucklawJan. 15, 0912:28 AM

The economy could be strong or weak -- it matters not -- Gov Pawlenty would have delivered the same speech. Tim does mix it up a bit, but his message reflects the Republican line that has been with us since Reagan: Less Government, less taxes.

I'll agree that raising taxes now does not seem like a good idea. We're different from the federal government, however; we cannot deficit spend. But we should not reduce taxes so we can add cuts. Especially in a down economy, a dollar reduced in taxes does not equate to a dollar reinvested in the economy. Individuals and business owners are more likely to pay down debt or save the difference. In other words it stays out of economic circulation. Money spent on government programs supports purchases and wages which is more likely to help the economy.

The short term benefit and risks of a tax cut need to be assessed. Republicans have proven that they are not the best stewards of the economy and operate from incomplete economic principles. It is important to press for policies that will have both immediate and long term benefit for the state's economic health.

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jasperu2Jan. 15, 0912:58 AM

Your points are well taken and thoughtful but I have to disagree in blaming the Republicans for all our economic ills. Both parties have been equally complicit in allowing state government to expand at a rate that was untenable in the inevitable economic downturn. Government has its role in providing public safety, maintaining roads and bridges, funding public education, providing a safety net to the most vulnerable, are but a few of its roles. However, it can never replace private enterprise as the engine to real economic growth and prosperity for the good of us all. Perhaps had the two parties spent less time bickering a compromise solution of taxes and limited growth in spending could have mitigated the budget disaster we have today.

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ShockwaveJan. 15, 09 2:54 AM

"Lower corporate tax rates to spur job growth" hasn't worked. When Minnesota's taxes were comparatively high, we had a booming economy. When taxes and tax rates were subject to ideologically-driven "no new taxes" imperial dictum, businesses fled and Minnesota's economy is floundering.

A wise fiscal policy is what's needed. That might indeed include tinkering with tax rates and spending, but I just don't trust Pawlenty to do do what he has already failed at.

Anyone who kowtows to hopelessly discredited policies such as Supply Side Economics should take a time out and sit in the corner while the adults try to solve the mess left by Bush and Pawlenty.

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zanderJan. 15, 09 3:16 AM

Now that TPaw is finishing the project to turn our State into the social, healthcare and education equivalent of the bottom 5 states in the south, when do we get the warm weather to go with it?

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BigPeteJan. 15, 09 4:24 AM

From reading these posts it looks like people need to take Econ 101.

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JanglesJan. 15, 09 4:34 AM

What are you, 12 years old? Businesses have been fleeing Minnesota for over twenty years due to its comparatively high corporate tax rates. Those of you advocating higher corporate taxes, how do you propose to keep those corporations in Minnesota? Pass a law that forces them to stay?

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bmhusomJan. 15, 09 4:51 AM

Companies laying off, holding merit increases, denying profit sharing...etc..etc..etc... Then news on 4 Kesslers report lastnight, shows us that MN Lawmakers still are getting their backdoor raises (except 1 in St Louis Park) PerDiem Pay, they should stand up and refuse it. CEO's of companies should be taking the big cuts, show the working person in their company that they CARE enough to start things, not take off the backs of employees to impress the Wall Street investors.

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BucklawJan. 15, 09 5:05 AM

I'll agree with Jasperu2's general point of sharing the blame. However, I will still argue that Republicans anti-tax, anti-government position as the solution to the economic growth puzzle is off the mark. We've also learned that privitization hasn't always brought about savings, for example. (e.g., Iraq) These have been more in line with Republican philosophy than Democratic.

Jasperu1 is correct about one thing, however...Democrats also drank the Kool Aid. Tim Pawlenty is still drinking it.

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