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One thing that’s coming Minnesotans’ way is a tax increase. I predicted here that we’d see an income tax increase on “the rich” as well as a sales tax increase because the DFL will pass legislation that starts taxing clothing sales. This article, though, says that a tax increase isn’t a guarantee, even with the DFL running the legislature and a DFL governor. That’s pure fiction and Ann Lenczewski knows it:

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But Dayton’s long-promised income tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats now in control of the House and Senate.

Tim Pugmire should know better. He should know that that’s fiction. In 2006, Mike Hatch ran on an agenda of increasing spending without raising taxes. Here’s what Hatch said then:

He cast Pawlenty as too stingy with education, responsible for large class sizes and rising college tuition. He tagged him for an inadequate response to soaring health care costs and the emerging biosciences industry. He promised more state investment in those things. Significantly, he said, “we can do this without raising taxes.”

I didn’t believe the DFL then. I don’t believe the DFL now. The DFL has to pay to their political allies that contributed to their campaigns. The DFL’s allies didn’t do this out of the kindness of their heart. (First, it’s impossible to think Eliot Seide has a heart.)

There are government agencies to restaff. More importantly, militant environmentalist organizations are demanding that the DFL beef up the MPCA and the EQB. It isn’t just anyone demanding these things, either. It’s Alida Messinger making these demands. As the majority owner of the DFL and ABM, their messaging machine, what she demands, she gets. And she’s demanding that these environmental agencies get beefed up.

Next up to the trough will be mayors demanding that their LGA be made whole again. They’ll be led by Duluth Mayor Ness, R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman. And there are lots of mayors who will be insisting that their LGA be restored.

Frans said that almost everyone he talked to believes the tax code is out of date, and they are particularly concerned that property taxes are too high.

“As I’ve been taking the three-legged stool around to describe the three major sources of revenue, the property tax, the sales tax and income tax, people are concerned that the property tax leg now makes up about 40 percent of the three different major sources of revenue,” Frans said. “They believe that’s too much, and it’s something we need to address.”

Frans said a comprehensive approach to tax reform would also include a recalibration and broadening of the sales tax. In addition, he said, Dayton still wants every Minnesotan paying his or her fair share of income taxes. That proposal, which first surfaced in the 2010 campaign, would target the wealthiest 2 percent for an increase.

One reason why property taxes make up 40% of the revenues is because idiots like R.T. Rybak make terrible spending decisions, then pass the buck on through higher property taxes.

Another reason why is because Minnesota’s economy isn’t booming like it should. If we had a flourishing economy, like North Dakota’s, income tax revenues would make up a bigger share of the revenues. Instead, our biggest employers are the university system, the federal government and state government.

That’s way too much government to pay for — except in the minds of Gov. Dayton, Alida Messinger, the DFL and their special interest allies.

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6 Responses to “DFL doing fiction: What’s new?”

  • Chad Q says:

    Does this mean that those who currently pay nothing in state income tax and receive huge benefits, are actally going to pay for some of their freebies? I mean Dayton says he wants to make sure everyone is paying their fair share. Seems to me that those who pay nothing and receive free stuff aren’t paying their fair share.
    There are not enough “rich” people in this state to pay so we are all going to pay for the democrats spending binge, not just the rich.

  • Nick says:

    “Well, anytime someone says ‘tax fairness,’ that means increased taxes on everyone, and that’s exactly what the proposal will be,” said GOP Rep. Greg Davids of Preston

    Couldn’t agree more!!

  • Bob J. says:

    Want to raise taxes on everyone? That’s exactly what a sales tax on clothing will do. Let everyone feel the heat of what they voted for.

    Minnesotans are about to get the government they deserve. The role of the conservative for the next two years is to never let them forget what they voted for.

    It will fail. Liberal economic policy always does.

  • Jethro says:

    Why is it the DFL does not like to talk about wasteful spending or government inefficiencies?

  • walter hanson says:

    Jethro:

    They think that it isn’t wasteful spending at all. Not to mention this story which happened in the 1990’s highlights it.

    I had just come to a meeting of a group I was a member of. There was a member of the Minneapolis school board there asking our organization to join others to support the levy tax increase to maintain small class sizes to improve education. The following conversation took place.

    ME: So the average teacher salary is what $60,000?

    SBM (school board member): First looks at her aide. The aide nods yes. That’s right.

    ME: And we spend an average of $10,000 per student now.

    SBM: Looks at her aide again. The aide nods yes. That’s right.

    ME: Well if we’re spending just $60,000 on the teacher and still have a $100,000 left that is being spent on other things instead of doing the tax increase shouldn’t we spend the other money in the class room?

    SBM: Very shocked look on her face and then gave a mumbled answered about the importance of education.

    This levy by now which is always renewed by Minneapolis voters means that graduates from the 1990’s should have brilliant education.

    Do they?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z. says:

    Armchair administrators.

    Five potential candidates commenting; Gary makes six.

    If you believe you have better ideas test them with the electorate. File and run.

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