Anti-government conservatives often cloak their movement in a religious mantle and enjoy disproportionate support from the fundamentalist brand of Christendom, while unfairly dismissing progressives, economic and otherwise, as irreligious. So it's a powerful refutation of that notion when our states' Catholic and Lutheran bishops, representing a vast mainstream of some 2 million Minnesotans, issue the kind of statement they p... Read More
Two months in to the legislative session, some of the more moderate and independent conservatives were daring to suggest reasonable revenue options, such as eliminating tax breaks and deductions. But then somebody yanked the chain and gave the order to get back in line. And that helps explain the letter to Gov. Dayton late last week, signed by all 37 senators in the majority caucus, affirming that they are still op... Read More
The latest debate over Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota has featured claims that Minnesota is somehow missing out on $10 million in tax revenues. Puhlease. I've debunked parts of this claim via twitter and comments sections, but thought it worth a post because this shows how interest groups can use data to mislead the public and policy makers. I wrote about this when it came up last session and won't repeat myself here. Let's focu... Read More
As the legislature moves toward the start of the session, we can count on a reawakening of the argument that high taxes kill state economies. Here's an example from St. Cloud blogger Gary Gross quoting the ever-unreliable political analyst Dick Morris: High taxes kill states. There can be no better evidence than the 2010 Census. The states that lost House seats, because they Read More
It's sometimes hard to get top business executives to locate to Minnesota -- what with the cold weather and progressive income taxes -- but once they've lived here awhile, it's even harder to get them to leave. I've heard some version of that story many times in business quarters, most recently at a BioBusiness event in Rochester. Those of us who have lived elsewhere have theories about this. ... Read More
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