This MinnPost article doesn’t inspire confidence that Speaker Thissen’s ‘temporary’ income tax surcharge will be that temporary. This is the part that caught my attention:
“I think the key [to making a tax temporary] is the Legislature has to take responsibility for enacting any kind of a surtax and making sure there’s a workable blink-on or blink-off, or remove it when they don’t need it anymore.”
That’s frightening. When has the DFL ever found that they couldn’t find something else to spend the revenues on? It isn’t a matter of the DFL not needing the revenue. It’s a matter of the DFL finding another political ally to pay off with the revenues.
With the DFL addicted to spending other people’s money, there’s no reason to think that they won’t find other ‘investments’ worthy of supporting. It’s like the moth-flame thing. The
moth DFL can’t help themselves. Their addiction is just too powerful.
When you consider the fact that Rep. Winkler proposed spending $800,000 to keep the U of M-UND hockey rivalry going, the likelihood of the DFL exercising fiscal restraint doesn’t seem that strong. If you consider the fact that the DFL wants to spend 11% more on this budget than the biggest budget in state history, the odds that the DFL will exercise anything resembling fiscal restraint are steep, if not prohibitive.
Even if the Thissen income tax surcharge legislation includes a sunset date, that doesn’t guarantee that the surcharge will be temporary. It would only take a majority vote in the House and Senate, then Gov. Dayton’s signature. Picturing DFL legislators voting for a tax increase isn’t difficult. Picturing Gov. Dayton signing another tax increase isn’t difficult, either.