Will Minnesota Democrats Deliver on Their Pledge to Tax the Rich?

Jan 08

Will Minnesota Democrats Deliver on Their Pledge to Tax the Rich?

From The UpTake, a timely question as Minnesota’s DFL Party takes control of the State Capitol for the first time since the days of Rudy Perpich and My Old Man: Do Democrats actually believe what they say? Story by Jacob Wheeler. The 2013 Legislative session began today in St. Paul with protesters outside the Capitol in St. Paul demanding that the newly...

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Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

May 10

Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

The $1-billion bail-out for Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled by Mayor R.T. Rybak and other Minneapolis officials at the Capitol Monday is going to lower taxes for Minneapolis taxpayers. You bet it is. And the Pixie of Prosperity will drop gold coins down your chimney. I am tempted to cut Rybak some slack: His odious proposal to add another sales tax on...

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Vikings Stadium Boondoggle: Who Speaks for the Public?

Mar 03

Vikings Stadium Boondoggle: Who Speaks for the Public?

Update: Read my most recent post on this topic right here. The Minnesota Vikings’ demand for a billion-dollar stadium financed three-quarters by the taxpayers during a time of severe budget problems and across-the-board cuts in government services is rolling along and rolling OVER the people who will pay for it: You and me. This gravy train is quickly being...

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Dear “John:” Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Patoot

Feb 23

Dear “John:” Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Patoot

In a piece called, “The Trouble with Taxing the Rich,” Doug Tice at my ex-newspaper plays the violin today for a rich friend of his named “John” who makes a very fat living marketing seafood internationally from Minnesota. The words “Red Lobster” come to mind (Red Lobster was acquired by Minnesota-based General Mills in 1970 and...

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Minnesota’s Wealthiest: Pony Up and Shut Up

Feb 16

Minnesota’s Wealthiest: Pony Up and Shut Up

Gov. Mark Dayton has gotten the richies and the righties (often, they are the same) in a tizzy by sticking to his campaign promises and proposing to close Minnesota’s yawning budget gap by raising taxes on the top 5 percent of state earners. Last year, candidate Dayton’s campaign web site promised, “Read My Lips; Tax the Rich.” He has...

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