The case for paying higher taxes, happily

  • Article by: CHARLIE QUIMBY and DANE SMITH
  • Updated: February 20, 2010 - 4:15 PM

Put down your coffee cup. Minnesota's state government needs to raise taxes by as much as $1 billion a year. Pick the cup back up. That's only four-tenths of 1 percent of our annual $230 billion in personal income. And it would still leave the total portion of our income paid in taxes smaller than it was a decade ago.

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minndonnFeb. 20, 10 4:42 PM

Welcome to Minnesota!!! Missippi North

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tomarFeb. 20, 10 5:40 PM

Everyone has the option to voluntarily pay more taxes.. But sure do not see the crybaby liberals doing that ...... Oh... Thats right .... They just want to raise everyone elses taxes ....

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SupervonFeb. 20, 10 5:47 PM

Our company could move in a heartbeat. The manufacturing already went to Mexico and China and they could move development to low-tax areas in less than a year. They are not stupid, but the State of Minnesota can prove that it is.

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RedGuyInBlueStateFeb. 20, 10 6:11 PM

Since 2000, Minnesota state spending has gone up over 70%. How can anyone say that huge increase in spending isn't enough? Spending (and likewise, revenue), is not the problem. The problem is that we're investing in too many things that are inefficient, and too many things that provide no return.

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RedGuyInBlueStateFeb. 20, 10 6:22 PM

How pathetic does your life have to be to cite government as having a significant positive impact on the quality of your life? I can certainly see it the other way though...every year when I get my W2 and see that the state took thousands of dollars from my salary, I think of how much better it would have been if I could spend some of that money on my family.

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FrankieFeb. 20, 10 6:23 PM

What school of higher learning on math did you go to? Go check your math again. A tax is a tax. I don't need to keep paying for someone that dosen't pay taxes and is on the Governments dime and dosen't contribute anything to society.

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RedGuyInBlueStateFeb. 20, 10 6:34 PM

...when upwards of 30% state and 45% federal tax filers pay no income tax, and the bottom 20% or so actually get a net payment from the government.

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patrickjdFeb. 20, 10 7:54 PM

State reps should vote to raise individual taxes or not so that everyone can pay their 'fair share'. Citizens of each district will have to pay more taxes if your rep votes to do so. The citizens in wiser districts will not have to pay more taxes...oh, but, the new sources of revenue will have to be spread equally throughout the state.

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sixtytonyFeb. 20, 10 8:06 PM

Public employees.....lets raise their taxes...they "ALWAYS" get yearly raises and benefit increase without fail.

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danoveFeb. 20, 10 8:26 PM

Leads me to see that if spending is up 70% since 2000, that's less than 6% a year. A bit high, perhaps, but not astronomical. And those of you resenting taxes, I always wonder if you're going to build your own roads, police your own neighborhoods, pick up your own trash, etc. Our governments aren't perfect, they also aren't horrible. Kinda like us.

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