Taxes could be fairer and better for businessStar Tribune | December 12, 2004By Lori Sturdevant It's Year Four of singing "The Red Ink Blues" at the State Capitol. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some new lyrics, or maybe a whole new tune. Here's a thought: Let's suspend the fight over whether taxes are too high or not high enough in Minnesota, long enough to ask two different questions: Are state and local taxes fair? And are the... Read More
Think tank proposes tax reformMinneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal | February 21, 2005 Growth & Justice, a St. Paul-based think tank, has proposed that Minnesota increase taxes on wealthy individuals and decrease taxes on businesses. The organization said the reform will make the state's tax system fairer for families and better for economic growth. Growth & Justice said the wealthiest Minnesotans should "pay at least their proportio... Read More
Plan would raise top-income tax, cut corporate rateStar Tribune | February 24, 2005By Dane Smith A hybrid of an idea for sweeping tax revision in Minnesota, premised on "exploding cherished beliefs" of liberals and conservatives, got a respectful hearing in the House Taxes Committee on Wednesday and a modicum of bipartisan praise. The two basic solutions offered by Growth & Justice, a new St. Paul-based think tank founded by former Star... Read More
Tax study kindles policy debateStar Tribune | March 4, 2005 By Dane Smith Minnesota's national income tax rankings have fallen since 1997 for most income levels and filing types, and the state no longer ranks in the top 10 for married couples earning $250,000 or less, according to a study released Thursday by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association. The study shows that permanent income tax cuts during an era of budget surpluses about five years... Read More
Sales tax on clothing is nothing to be scared ofStar Tribune | April 10, 2005By Lori Sturdevant The ghost of Gov. Harold LeVander marched through the Capitol basement last week, tugged the lapels of his circa 1965 plaid sportcoat, and glowered in my direction. "You want me to pay sales tax, on this?" he asked. Yes, Governor, it's so: Last Sunday, the Star Tribune editorial page said that state taxes should be raised this session, and that... Read More
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