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The DFL’s hostility towards businesses has been frequently documented. Tax the Rich became their mantra in 2008. It’s still part of their mantra today. Unfortunately for Minnesotans, Gov. Dayton and the DFL didn’t just ‘tax the rich.’ They dropped a ton of taxes on the middle class and the working poor.
Speaker Thissen officially went on the record at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce event that the DFL will raise the minimum wage and that it’s likely to be closer to $9.50 per hour than $7.75 per hour:
Tuesday’s Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities event may have been full of literature, displays and speeches promoting business interests, but House Speaker Paul Thissen wasn’t shy about telling business leaders that they won’t be getting some of the biggest items on their wish list.
For starters, the highest income tax bracket is not going away, the DFLer from Minneapolis predicted. There will be a minimum wage hike, and that new minimum wage will be closer to the high end than the low end, he said.
“Quite frankly, I think this is the right direction for Minnesota to go. I know that’s going to disappoint a lot of the people in the room, but I think it’s where we should head,” Thissen said at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, where 1,650 tickets were sold to the annual event.
The short-term effect of raising the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour is that fewer teenagers will find jobs if the minimum wage is raised. In this sluggish economy, employers will have an additional excuse not to hire teenagers for summer jobs.
What’s most disturbing is that Thissen thinks that Democrats think this is the right direction to head in. It indicates that the DFL doesn’t understand what creates prosperity. One of Thissen’s top lieutenants, Rep. Ryan Winkler, repeatedly says that raising the minimum wage doesn’t hurt hiring. He’s both right and wrong. There’s sufficient proof that raising the minimum wage during good times isn’t tragic for businesses. It isn’t helpful but it isn’t catastrophic.
Likewise, there’s sufficient proof that raising the minimum wage during a struggling economy hurts hiring, especially with young people looking for their first job.
Finally, it looks like the warehousing services sales tax and the farm equipment repair sales tax will be repealed. Two weekends ago, SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo-Alicea tried spinning the repeal of these taxes as DFL tax relief. That’s the most deceitful spin I’ve heard in ages.
The DFL legislature passed a Tax Bill that raised too many taxes. After a lengthy public outcry, they’ve decided that it’s in the Democrats’ political self-interest to repeal their mistake before voters punish them this November. This isn’t about the Democrats realizing that their tax increases will hurt businesses.
It’s important to remember that these taxes were in Gov. Dayton’s initial budget. They were stripped from the Democrats’ Tax Bill thanks to an intense lobbying campaign by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. On the final weekend of last year’s session, the DFL put the tax increases back into the final bill.
Simply put, Democrats thumbed their noses at the Chamber. The DFL only changed directions when they noticed how upset the Chamber was with these tax hikes. Thissen is especially worried because the Senate isn’t up for re-election. That means all of the Chamber’s anger will be directed at House DFL legislators.
That isn’t automatically catastrophic with a statewide candidate, though it can’t help. It’s likely to have the biggest impact in House races where a well-funded challenger can defeat a vulnerable incumbent. That’s why Thissen is rightfully worried.
Technorati: Paul Thissen, Mark Dayton, Tax Increases, Warehouse Services Sales Tax, Farm Equipment Repair Sales Tax, Ryan Winkler, Minimum Wage Increase, DFL, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Election 2014
These days, the environmentalist wing of the DFL, aka the elitist Metrocrats, seem determined to shaft miners. This time, it’s Speaker Thissen that’s giving the Iron Range the shaft:
The Minnesota House speaker will not allow any legislation to pass this year setting an amount PolyMet Mining Corp. should set aside to fix environmental damage done by its proposed copper-nickel mine.
“We are not taking up any legislation related to mining, one way or the other,” House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, told Forum News Service on Friday. “The best thing is to let the process work its way out.”
One of Thissen’s committees held a 5½-hour meeting this week dealing with how much money the state should require PolyMet to pay up front to clean up any environment issues once the mine closes. PolyMet itself has said perhaps $200 million should be available at mine closure, with a few million more a year for some time afterward.
When Yvonne Prettner-Solon announced that she’d gotten tired of being ignored by Gov. Dayton, she created an opening on the Dayton ticket. Rather than picking Tony Sertich, Gov. Dayton picked Tina Smith, creating an all-Minneapolis ticket.
This time, Speaker Thissen is saying he won’t lift a finger to help out the Iron Range. It’s worth noting that Thissen is the quintessential Minneapolis Metrocrat. He’s danced the environmentalists’ tune every time they’ve demanded it of him.
At some point, the blue collar workers of the Iron Range will have to ask whether Gov. Dayton, Speaker Thissen and Alida Messinger care about them after they’ve cast their votes for the DFL. Thus far, the Metrocrats have proven that they’re interested in the Iron Range’s support at the polls. What’s worse is that the Metrocrats have shown that they’re totally disinterested in supporting the Iron Range’s pro-mining agenda.
FOOTNOTE: During Friday night’s political roundtable, SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo-Alicea said that this isn’t a big deal, that “voters don’t think in terms of geographical balance.” Andy Brehm pounced on that, saying “Spoken like someone from Minneapolis.”
It’s true voters don’t walk into a voting booth and say “I can’t vote for this ticket because it isn’t geographically balanced. That said, there’s tons of reasons for Iron Rangers to abandon the DFL, starting with the indisputable fact that Alida Messinger, the biggest funder of the DFL, hates mining.
Funding the DFL isn’t the only activism Ms. Messinger has engaged in. According to Conservation Minnesota’s website, Ms. Messinger is the Vice-Chair of CM’s Board of Directors. CM is one of the biggest supporters of MiningTruth.org:
Our goal is to provide a resource for Minnesotans to get the facts about sulfide mining and its impacts. Today, there is little awareness and even less understanding about proposed sulfide mining projects in northern Minnesota.
Our state has important choices to make that impact every Minnesotan. The more people who participate in these decisions, the better the outcome. Learn more about sulfide mining.
Founding partners of Mining Truth are Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Conservation Minnesota. See the full list of supporters.
Apparently, Thissen doesn’t want his DFL House caucus voting on anything controversial:
However, Thissen said the DNR should proceed with its studies, adding that he is confident the process will provide enough information that those in charge “can make the right decisions.”
“We do have this process in place,” the speaker said. “It feels like the information is getting out there. I feel this is going to be an extensive process.” Thissen said fellow House Democrats, who hold a majority of the votes, do not appear to be leaning “one way or the other” on the PolyMet issue.
That’s pure BS. The Twin Cities DFL want to kill the PolyMet and Twin Metals projects. The Iron Range DFL want those project built ASAP.
Politics is definitely a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately proposition. Lately Metro DFL legislators have given the Iron Range the shaft. They just didn’t give them the mine to go with it.
Technorati: Paul Thissen, Mark Dayton, Alida Messinger, Tina Smith, Militant Environmentalists, Metrocrats, Yvonne Prettner-Solon, Tony Sertich, Iron Range Democrats, DFL Civil War, Javier Morillo-Alicea, Metrocrats, Election 2014
I didn’t know about Joe Soucheray’s column from the Jan. 11, 2014 edition of the Pioneer Press. It’s a fascinating read. Here’s part of Mr. Soucheray’s column:
Not only is a new state Senate office building unnecessary, but the effort to bring it about was, essentially, crooked. In the final minutes of the last legislative session, the lodge tucked into a massive tax bill language that authorized a new edifice for themselves. They might as well have been throwing candy from a parade float.
They didn’t even know what it would cost, and they apparently didn’t care. They didn’t even seem to care that their action might very well have been unconstitutional. Former state Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, filed a lawsuit in October. We should be cheering for this guy. He contends in the suit that authorizing the project in a tax bill, instead of the usual bonding bill, violates a state constitutional requirement that a law embrace only one subject. A hearing is scheduled this month in Ramsey County District Court.
Mr. Soucheray is right. Gov. Dayton, Sen. Bakk, Speaker Thissen and the DFL didn’t care how much this building cost. They didn’t care that the building wasn’t needed or that there were cheaper ‘solutions’ to this non-problem. The Minnesota Senate needed that building like this ship needed more ice near Antarctica:
The Minnesota Senate needed that office building like Olympic athletes need this type of drinking water:
Let’s get serious about this. If we do, then we’ll be more considerate of the taxpayers’ plight than the DFL was. The DFL Tax Bill is a disaster. First, it raised taxes on the middle class and on small retailers. Next, it’s spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need, aka the Senate Office Building. Third, the DFL is already admitting that they raised taxes too much because they’re already preparing to repeal some of the taxes they created less than a year ago.
All of these things are major mistakes. Building the SOB is the biggest of those mistakes because, potentially, it’ll exist a generation or more. Hopefully, the middle class tax hikes will be repealed. (The sooner the better, right?) Repealing the B2B sales taxes will happen this session.
Unfortunately, if it’s approved by the DFL House Rules Committee, the SOB will be with us for a generation or more.
The biggest question Minnesotans need to ask themselves is whether they want inconsiderate, thoughtless people running state government. The DFL did what conservatives predicted they’d do. They raised taxes on the middle class and working poor. They foolishly spent money on things like the Senate Office Building. They built a collosal monument to their warped ideology when they passed MNsure.
I’d argue that the DFL is the ‘gang that couldn’t shoot straight’ if I thought that were true. Unfortunately, this DFL governor and this DFL legislature has aimed their taxing and spending guns at every Minnesotan. Every Minnesota taxpayer will pay for this monstrosity.
Mostly, the SOB is a testimony to the DFL’s appetite for spending money foolishly. That alone should get them fired this November.
This article highlights a clash between Rep. Kurt Daudt and Rep. Paul Thissen. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference but it’s significant:
Thissen, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member from Minneapolis, said “there’s clearly been problems, significant problems, in the implementation of it” but that the bugs are getting worked out and the system will provide coverage for thousands who hadn’t previously had it.
When Thissen started criticizing proposed GOP alternatives, Daudt, a Republican from Crown, jumped in, saying Minnesotans don’t want a “blame game.”
“The whole philosophy behind this is flawed,” Daudt said of MNsure. Under the state’s old system, he said, about 93 percent of people had coverage. “We scrapped the system that was a leader in the country,” Daudt said, to go to one that’s “riddled with problems.”
But that 7 percent who couldn’t get coverage under the old system represents about half a million people that the state has a moral obligation to help, Thissen said. Until Daudt has a solution for that group, “you ought to stop pointing fingers,” he said.
When he was a member of one of the committees with jurisdiction on the HHS omnibus bill, Steve Gottwalt pointed out that 93% of Minnesotans had health insurance and that half of those that didn’t have health insurance were eligible for a government-offered health insurance. That means approximately 96.5% of Minnesotans were eligible for government-offered insurance or had health insurance.
That’s before questioning whether the other 3.5% of Minnesotans wanted insurance. It’s possible that a significant portion of those people didn’t want health insurance.
That’s significant because it minimizes Speaker Thissen’s argument that Minnesota “has a moral obligation” to help these people. First, why would Minnesota have an obligation to help people who might not want help? The simple answer is that they don’t. Second, let’s get rid of Speaker Thissen’s fuzzy math. If the number of uninsured who can’t get insured is actually 2%, not 5%, then Thissen’s figure of “half a million people” is reduced to approximately 108,000 people.
Finally, Thissen saying that Republicans should stop their criticism until they have a plan is intellectually dishonest. Republicans have a plan. The DFL just doesn’t like it. Rather than the DFL saying what they like or don’t like about the GOP plan, the DFL pretends that Republicans don’t have a plan.
The DFL created a health insurance exchange. Unfortunately, their plan, not just the HIX, stinks. The policies offered through MNsure are the cheapest in the nation. Unfortunately, these policies’ premiums are more expensive than before the Anything But Affordable Care Act. That’s before talking about his significantly higher deductibles, which means higher out-of-pocket expenses for families.
That means I’m still waiting for the DFL to offer legislation that provides real health insurance reform.
Yesterday, I wrote this post highlighting Paul Thissen’s reaction to my post about how unions didn’t build the middle class. The activists in the MOB, aka the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers, aren’t unlike NATO in that, an attack against one is an attack against all of us. When they saw that Speaker Thissen had taken issue with my post, Mitch Berg and the Lady Logician jumped into the discussion. Here’s how the Lady Logician responded to Speaker Thissen’s tweets:
You misrepresent the smaller gov’t policy stance to mean no govt & that is simply NOT what small gov’t ppl want. No one is arguing against roads & education but when govt gets in2 the minutia of telling ppl what lightbulbs 2 buy or what HEALTHCARE to buy or whether or not they can own a specific type of dog, then we are going to argue.
Here’s Mitch’s response to one of Speaker Thissen’s tweets:
The evidence is, in fact, that gov’t research *follows* corp. innovation. Ditto education. Not other way around.
Mitch wasn’t done schooling Speaker Thissen. Here’s the rest of Mitch’s tweets to Speaker Thissen:
So did gov’t build roads out of pure goodwill? Or did biz pay for them? You’re saying government is the only body that can give us clean water? Record shows that’s untrue. Most municipal water systems in the US *started* as private enterprises. Nearly a quarter still are. The “gov’t brings us all riches” argument is the black/white one. Markets, not politics, deal well with nuance. Either is “private enterprise is lost without government”. Or rather it’s a fallacious place to start the conversation. At best, it’s “assisted” by gov’t. But the idea that prosperity follows infrastructure is utterly ahistorical.
That’s a typical Mitch-slap. Spoeaker Thissen probably didn’t realize conservatives were this principled about free markets and limited government. The reality is that Speaker Thissen didn’t address why he thinks government is equipped to run a complex online health insurance business for the entire state. That’s essentially what MNsure is. (That isn’t just my opinion. It’s what Jim Nobles said on Almanac last Friday.)
Was government responding to free markets when they passed legislation that specified what types of lightbulbs could be used? Why did government inject itself into the discussion as to what dogs were legal in Minnesota? Was there an outbreak of dog violence against people? Or were they just inserting themselves into an issue because they were reacting to one of their special interest allies? I’m pretty certain it’s the latter.
Speaker Thissen’s tweet that questioned whether people could get to their jobs or companies could move their goods without public roads dovetails with President Obama’s now-infamous statement that entrepreneurs didn’t build their companies, that government did. That’s BS. Mitch is right in saying that government might assist entrepreneurs but government isn’t what makes businesses thrive.
The Anything But Affordable Care Act is a perfect example of how twisted leftist thinking is. I wrote here about how MNsure made things worse for one Minnesota family:
This Minnesota family is a young married couple with three children. Until ObamaCare and Dayton’s MNsure came along they shared the cost of their Blue Cross-Blue Shield family health insurance policy 50/50 with the father’s employer. Thanks to ObamaCare, the cost of that policy sky rocketed and is no longer affordable to the family. After endless hours of working with MNsure, here is what resulted.
Without the parent’s consent, MNsure jammed their three children onto government insurance. The children are now covered by Medicaid at no cost to the family or employer, but 100 percent cost to the taxpayers. The father had to go with a single insurance plan from his employer and purchase a separate new policy for his wife. Because of the confusion and disarray at MNsure, neither he nor his wife currently has health insurance ID cards for the insurance they have already paid for.
That’s why limited government conservatives complain about government overstepping their constitutional authority. Additionally, this shows government isn’t capable of running a business.
In other words, government should get its claws out of the things it isn’t qualified to do and focus on the things that constitutions limits it to. Limited government conservatives don’t hate government, even though that’s the propaganda that ABM and other leftist propaganda organizations spread. It’s that we understand that the best decisions for families happen at a family’s kitchen table.
It’s time Speaker Thissen figured that out.
Technorati: Paul Thissen, Nanny State, Anything But Affordable Care Act, MNsure, Transportation, Water Treatment Facilities, DFL, Limited Government Conservatism, Free Markets, Entrepreneurship, Capitalism, MNGOP
Earlier today, I wrote this post about whether unions deserve most of the credit for building America’s middle class. Apparently, the DFL is feeling more than a little defensive about what I wrote. It’s apparent because Paul Thissen, the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, responded with 3 defensive-sounding tweets to my post. Here’s Speaker Thissen’s first tweet:
Do innovative cos take advantage of govt basic rsch? Do business & employees benefit from a broadly educated populace?
Here’s Speaker Thissen’s second tweet:
do workers get to jobs and companies move product without public roads? Do middle class economies exist without clean water?
Here’s Speaker Thissen’s final tweet:
your black & white, either/or world view may serve you rhetorically but no one in real world operates by it.
First, let me address the subject of whether “workers get to jobs and companies move products without public roads.” They do in Indiana. While government funds the building of highways through gas taxes in Minnesota, it’s indisputable that that’s an archaic way of funding highway maintenance. Indiana, not Minnesota, is the future of highway funding. PS- Privatization works in improving highways. Indiana’s proof of that.
Next, Speaker Thissen apparently thinks, like many leftists, that Republicans oppose all forms of government. That’s silliness. They’ve read too many of ABM’s smear campaign messages for their own good. (Then again, the DFL are puppets. ABM is their puppeteer.) Minnesota’s Constitution requires funding of public schools so there’s no question about whether taxpayers will fund government schools.
Third, isn’t it possible that Speaker Thissen is living in an either/or, black or white world? Based upon his past actions, there’s no question that Speaker Thissen thinks that the nanny state isn’t intrusive enough. He’s voted for higher taxes on the richest of the rich. He’s voted for middle class tax increases, too, as recently as last May. Those are indisputable facts. He’s voted for legislation that would prohibit people from owning certain types of dogs in Minnesota.
It isn’t that Republicans hate government. It’s that we’ve seen government expand into areas that government shouldn’t intrude into. We’ve seen the DFL elitists in the Twin Cities tell people in northern Minnesota that they don’t have the right to make a living even if they live by Minnesota’s environmental regulations. Yes, that’s what Conservation Minnesota is pushing. Here in central Minnesota, another of the DFL’s environmentalist allies, the Sierra Club, is pushing for shutting down of the Sherco power plants.
There’s no question whether Speaker Thissen will defend these special interest organizations. There’s no question because he’s defended them in the past. Considering his ambitition to succeed Gov. Dayton as governor, and his need for substantial campaign contributions from environmentalists, there’s no question Speaker Thissen will continue defending these black or white organizations.
Finally, let’s cover Speaker Thissen’s question about whether middle class economies exist without clean water. Not that we’d want this but yes, middle class economies have existed without clean water. Ohio’s and Pennsylvania’s middle class thrived with some of the nastiest water in the nation.
Like I said, however, that shouldn’t be the goal we shoot towards. The linkage between clean water and robust job creation is questionable at best. There’s no disputing whether those things can co-exist. They’re co-existing right now. What’s equally indisputable is that the DFL’s special interest allies love moving the goalposts on industries, especially the mining industry, by increasing the regulatory restrictions on Minnesota’s biggest industries.
Last year, Speaker Thissen didn’t hesitate in pushing a bill that limits silica sand mining even though it would kill Minnesota jobs. Here’s what Rep. Pat Garofalo said about the bill:
You’re gonna actually tax an industry out of existence with a tax on silica mining. I actually had a liberal activist say to me they thought that by raising taxes on silica mining, they would somehow impact the fracking in North Dakota. (Laughter in background) Spoiler alert. They’re gonna get the sand from other states. Doesn’t matter. It’s gonna have no impact whatsoever on other states’ ability to do fracking of natural gas and oil but it will kill jobs here. And it’s not business groups saying that. It’s not small businesses saying it.
We’ve heard from the local 49ers. We’ve heard from the local unions. In fact, members, this is how totally delusional this tax increase is: Mark Dayton actually labeled the House DFL silica sand tax “ridiculous.” So when a tax increase is so high that Gov. Dayton labels it ridiculous, you know you’re checked out for lunch.
Speaker Thissen, the question isn’t whether government will exist. The question is whether the DFL will continue to insist on limiting Minnesota’s economic growth through their abuse of Minnesota’s regulatory system. At this point, there’s little disputing whether the DFL will tell the environmentalists no every once in awhile. They won’t.
The only question is whether Minnesotans will reject the DFL’s vision of ever more intrusive government. Let’s hope they answer that question with an emphatic yes this November.
Technorati: Paul Thissen, Special Interests, Conservation Minnesota, Environmental Extremists, Environmental Regulations, Nanny State, DFL, Metrocrats, Transportation, K-12 Education, Public Safety, Limited Government
Next November, DFL legislators will likely pay a steep price at the voting booth for voting for the biggest tax increase in Minnesota history. They know the B2B sales taxes are wildly unpopular so they’re attempting to distance themselves from the tax increases they voted for.
They’re hoping that by submitting repeal bills, they’ll be able to distance themselves from their previous votes for the Tax Bill. I don’t think it’ll work because it feels too much like John Kerry’s I-voted-for-it-before-I-voted-against-it statement. Here’s a list of bills submitted by DFL legislators that would repeal the tax increases they voted for:
According to the House Journal’s record of the vote, only Reps. Selcer and Halverson voted against the Omnibus Tax Bill, aka HF677. It’s noteworthy that none of the IRRRB representatives are listed as co-sponsors of any of the repeal legislation. I wish I could say I’m shocked but I’m not. The DFL legislators representing the IRRRB districts think Minnesotans aren’t taxed enough.
The DFL passed the biggest tax increase in state history. House Republicans didn’t vote for the bill, meaning that the DFL owns the wreckage it’ll cause. Their voting to repeal the B2B sales taxes won’t hide the fact that they raised taxes first, then reacted when they saw the people’s outrage.
That’s only part of the House DFL’s problem. Another significant part of the House DFL’s problem is that Sen. Bakk isn’t likely to consider repealing those taxes. Sen. Bakk is a socialist through and through, indoctrinated to believe in the collective, not the individual.
The Senate isn’t up for re-election this year so he’s likely thinking that people will forget the tax increases. As businesses like DigiKey, Polaris and Red Wing Shoes start leaving the state, Minnesota’s projected deficits will increase. Then there’s the ‘MNsure Deficit’.
House DFL legislators have ample reason to worry about re-election. They passed tons of objectionable legislation that hurts Minnesota’s economy. Couple these unpopular tax increases with passing MNsure and you potentially have a toxic situation for the DFL to run in.
Technorati: Tax Increases, Mark Dayton, Tom Bakk, Paul Thissen, Farm Equipment Repair Sales Tax, Warehouse Services Sales Tax, DigiKey, Polaris, Red Wing Shoes, North Dakota, Wisconsin, MNsure Deficit, Health Insurance Exchange, DFL, Election 2014
Greg Davids’ op-ed didn’t mince words in going after the DFL’s MNsure debacle:
Thissen calls MNsure “health-care reform,” but in reality, it is nothing more than a health-care nightmare. According to the MNsure board of directors, fewer than 10,000 households have submitted payment for plans that they’ve applied for through MNsure. This is far short of the 100,000 Thissen claimed will be covered through the program beginning this month.
Rep. Davids then laid blame for MNsure’s failures squarely at the DFL’s doorstep:
I’ve had dozens of constituents tell me they now are being forced into a new policy they do not like, and do not want, because of Thissen’s Democratic cohorts shoving MNsure down our throats.
This isn’t the DFL legislature’s mess just because they passed the legislation. It’s the Democrats’ mess because they willfully resisted holding oversight hearings while Republicans on the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee registered complaints about data security and systemic mismanagement.
Rep. Atkins and Sen. Lourey refused to hold oversight hearings because they didn’t want to have MNsure executives answer Sen. Sean Nienow’s and Sen. Michelle Benson’s questions. If Democrats held oversight hearings, then MNsure’s problems would’ve been exposed at a time when Democrats were bragging about how smooth MNsure was running.
MNsure is a ticking time bomb and the DFL knows it. They know that it might take down Gov. Dayton’s administration. They know that it might take out the DFL’s majority in the House. They know it because Rep. Davids asked these difficult questions:
Who is fighting for those Minnesotans who were kicked off their health insurance plans? Has anyone heard a word from Gov. Mark Dayton or our DFL legislative leadership as to how they’re going to solve this problem?
Thus far, all I’ve heard from the DFL is that we’ve got the cheapest insurance prices in the nation. Apparently, they think that chanting point is all they need to dodge this MNsure bullet. They’re wrong about that.
Brian McClung exposed the folly of that tactic when he obliterated Denise Cardinal in a debate over that very subject. McClung admitted that Minnesota has the cheapest rates in the nation, then highlighted the fact that Minnesota’s prices jumped significantly when transitioning from what we had into MNsure prices. Then McClung stuck the proverbial dagger in and gave it a twist by adding that deductibles had jumped, too, making the ACA not that affordable for Minnesotans.
Rep. Davids threw this paragraph in for emphasis on the Democrats’ Plan B:
Thissen himself said we all should be pulling for MNsure to get better. Unfortunately, that is probably going to be his plan for next session — doing nothing but hoping that things will improve. Sitting around expecting this program will heal itself is not acceptable, not to those who continue to struggle to register for coverage and not to those who were basically ordered to pay higher premiums and higher deductibles.
That isn’t much of a magical elixir for Minnesota’s health insurance difficulties.
Technorati: MNsure, Health Insurance Exchange, Affordable Care Act, Paul Thissen, Insurance Cancellations, Insurance Premiums, Deductibles, DFL, Greg Davids, Sean Nienow, Michelle Benson, MNGOP, Election 2014
Don Davis’s article is this weekend’s must reading.
Overall, much of the $2.1 billion, two-year tax increase comes from the state’s highest earners and smokers. Dayton made the point that if property taxes rise 2 percent statewide, that would far less than the 83 percent they have gone up in the past decade. “I think that we did the job of delivering property tax relief,” House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said.
Democrats say that higher taxes usually mean better services.
That’s fantasy. Higher taxes usually means mayors feel less inhibited to spend significantly more money on things their cities don’t need. Considering the fact that the same Tax Bill that raised every Minnesotan’s tax bill was used to appropriate money for a pork palace for politicians. I’d love hearing Sen. Bakk or Speaker Thissen explain how higher taxes and shiny new office buildings mean more and better services for Minnesotans.
I’d also highlight the fact that higher taxes didn’t make MnSure more taxpayer-friendly. Despite the multi-billion dollar tax increase, MnSure still gets weekends and holidays off while Minnesotans scramble franticly to get insured.
“Any tax increase in inherently unpopular,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in a Forum News Service interview. “But it will be a message battle. Republicans will try to say ‘largest tax increase in history’ and we will say ‘the people who have the most are paying it, and smokers.’”
The DFL, aka Democrats, will argue that they ‘taxed the rich’. Republicans will highlight the fact that the DFL also raised taxes on farmers, small businesses and chased a major part of Cargill’s operations to Colorado:
Why Denver? Dan Dye, Horizon’s president and Ardent’s CEO-to-be, said in a statement that the decision “will allow us to offer great quality of life for employees, provide excellent service to our customers and position the business for long-term growth.”
The Democrats’ policies are hurting Minnesota’s economy while piling additional tax burdens on farmers, blue collar workers and small businesses. Couple that with the DFL’s intent to dramatically increase the minimum wage, via constitutional amendment if necessary, and you’ve got the recipe for economic calamity.
Based on what we’ve seen thus far, the DFL’s claim that higher taxes equals better services is spin, not fact. Higher taxes just mean people have less money to spend.
Technorati: Tax The Rich, Property Taxes, Mark Dayton, Paul Thissen, MnSure, Government Services, Tax Increases, Minimum Wage Increase, Constitutional Amendments, Recessions, DFL
This Pioneer Press editorial exposes the DFL’s lie that property taxes would go down this year:
In July, Gov. Mark Dayton said that, for the first time in a decade, property taxes would drop by $121 million statewide in the year to come. But now, Minnesotans are staring at a potential $153 million increase in property taxes, instead, to a total of $7.7 billion.
Yes, that’s a preliminary estimate, and yes, it’s based on the maximum the various local entities could levy; some will come in a tad lower. But any property tax increase is hard to swallow given that legislative Democrats and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton cranked taxes up by $2.1 billion to cover spending increases.
The DFL knew they were lying about cutting property taxes when they made those claims last spring. That was their way of justifying the huge increases of income taxes, sales taxes and other fees.
Republicans repeatedly questioned the DFL’s lies, highlighting the fact that local governments and school boards levied property taxes. They, not the state, set property tax levels. Now that Republicans are being vindicated, what will the DFL do?
The answer is simple. They’ll do what they always do when they’re caught. Led by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, they’ll lie more blatantly. That’s what ABM specializes in. Without their unprecedented smear campaign in 2010, we wouldn’t have been afflicted by a Dayton administration.
Democrats knew when they were given the gavels in 2013 that they had lots of special interest allies to pay off, starting with big city mayors. The best way to pay them off was through massive LGA increases. Democrats knew they couldn’t sell that massive spending increase to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester by telling the truth. They had to sell it as property tax relief.
With that determined, Democrats, led by ABM, said that raising LGA would lead to lower property taxes for Minnesotans. To use Jeremiah Wright’s phrase, the DFL’s chickens are coming home to roost. Few people will be getting bigger property tax refund checks. People living in the core cities of Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Paul will see their city budget spending increase dramatically.
Some of that spending will go towards essential government services. Most of that spending will go towards paying off the Democrats’ special interest allies.
Most importantly, the business climate in Minnesota will have taken a turn for the worst. Small businesses will get hit with the higher income tax rates. They’re already getting hit with the B2B sales tax increases. The middle class and working poor are getting hit with cigarette tax increases and with higher prices caused directly by the Democrats’ B2B sales tax increases.
The DFL can’t survive without ever-increasing taxes. Without ever-increasing taxes, they wouldn’t have the taxpayer money they need to pay off their political allies with other people’s money. Anyone who thinks that the DFL is the taxpayers’ watchdog or that they believe in strict accountability of public funds is kidding themselves or intentionally lying to others.
There are some fiscally responsible Democrats. Unfortunately, they’re the exception, not the rule.