End of session; it’s hard to believe that five months has already gone by. I am proud of the work our team has done this session. My staff and of course, you, your feedback is essential to the work we do at the Capitol – we are a team. The session may be coming to a close, but the action this week was at an all-time high. With history being made and an overnight debate,we have been working intensely in this final week.Continue Reading...
As we near the end of the 2013 legislative session, the pressure is on to complete ourwork and leave St. Paul on time. Legislators are working harder than ever for the final push.Conference committees are meeting, and leadership is getting ready to announce their finaltargets. This week at the Capitol, we took on major issues that are sure to leave a lastingimpression our state for years to comeContinue Reading...
This survey is still open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZ6RTD2
While I am just as much in the dark as you are regarding the final Tax bill, my guess is that we will see a tax on the top 2% at a rate of 8.5%, with no expansion of the sales tax. If this was the conclusion, would you vote for it?
“I feel like expanding the sales tax seems better. I guess I don’t really understand what it would all pay for… I feel like if I am going to buy a handbag for $1000 or $200 pair of jeans (a luxury item) maybe it should be taxed higher. I feel like taxing food and clothes for everyone hits the poor harder than a luxury tax. I am ok with paying my share of taxes, but I want money to be spent wisely…”
“Unsure, as always. The need to increase revenue will always be a thorn in the side of legislators. There is a need for those most able to pull a bit more of the load.”
“At a time when no one needs additional expenses this bill will touch everyone. This is not necessary to balance the budget. Holding the line on state increases in spending are necessary not a further tax increase or additional burden on the residents of this state. Why do we have to be in the top ten of the highest taxed states?”
“I would support : – A tax on the top 2% – Tax on clothing for over $100 items – Increase in tax on cigarettes and liquor”
“I believe that taxes should be raised on alcohol (and yest I am a consumer) but not on clothing unless I buy it on line and the state I’m buying it from has a clothing sales tax. I don’t believe we should have taxes on food or clothing, basic needs of people.”
“Higher income tax on top earners, internet sales tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax”
“Higher taxes for the “rich” which surrounding states will use against MN, and hinder us in the future because people will reduce our competitiveness. “Broadened sales taxes” hurt the Mall of America, so I would hope you limit this to Internet retailers.”
“Not sure, probably a mix. But it’s time for the wealthy to step up and pay their fair share. While the wealthiest among us have prospered over the past few difficult years, the rest of us have not. The gap between the rich and the middle class has widened over the past decades, and the middle class is being sunk under higher costs. It’s not fair, and it hurts the country.”
“Get government more efficient. Do you know how corporations are making their earnings numbers these days. They are cutting costs while their sales revenue is less. If the state raises taxes on private medium size owners, they will move to SD, Texas, Florida and save 8.5%. In costs. Nobody needs extra expenses when total sales revenue growth is lower year on year. There is a difference between a need and a want can St Paul define the difference”
“As one of the top 2%, I do believe that we need to increase the tax rate on this segment of the population – at least temporarily. We can afford it and are happy to do our part.”
“If we have to raise taxes, don’t penalize businesses that try to create jobs. S-corps will get hit hard with the tax on the top 2% and it will kill business expansion (not to mention eliminate business attraction) in this state.”
“Increase on top earners with some sales tax expansion and modest property tax reform”
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