Jim Robins is a former Minnesota Senate Majority researcher assigned to taxes, metropolitan and local government, and transportation issues. He currently operates www.ScooterMaxi.com. Every two years, one of the most-impressive bureaucratic endeavors undertaken in Minnesota is carried out. This week we eagerly anticipate receiving the 2009 Tax Incidence Study. [The report will be available here this week.] This report has a sterling national repu... Read More
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Some recent stories illustrate some of the consequences of the pay for services model of government. In Tonka Bay, the city has decided to charge fees to defray the costs of opening City Hall for public meetings that are not city-run. The council declined to waive the fee for a Republican Party caucus, and then decided it was consistent to also charge the League of Women Voters to stage its non-partisan candidate forum. The League objected. In Me... Read More
Last week, Growth & Justice sent a brief letter to the members of Gov. Pawlenty's new 21st Century Tax Reform Commission offering support and suggesting questions we hoped the business leaders on commission would consider: How will changes affect your current and future employees, customers and communities where you do business? How might reforms impact the adequacy and stability of state and local revenue? Can changes that help bus... Read More
Last week, when Gov. Pawlenty announced his 21st Century Tax Reform Commission to reform business taxes, in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's quest to tighten corporate tax laws and reap hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue might be undermined by a last-minute amendment providing new offshore tax breaks that was tacked onto the legislation by the House, according to state officials. I'm not going to prejudge the outcome of the Minn... Read More
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