State's wealth is healthy, but will we be wise?Star Tribune | August 19, 2005By David Peterson Two top state government analysts are giving a series of quiet talks in which they describe Minnesota as a rich state that is getting richer but could face a more troubled future unless it invests in things like schools. On Thursday, State Demographer Tom Gillaspy and State Economist Tom Stinson delivered that message to a standing-room-only audience ... Read More
Wondering if tax ride goes to easy on richStar Tribune | November 20, 2005By Lori Sturdevant Minnesota is overdue for a good debate on tax fairness. Two tax policy experts help get one started.It's high time I revealed the true political bias of journalists: We love straight-talking candidates. They make finding a snappy quote on deadline so much easier. Take Becky Lourey, the state senator who last week made her DFL gubernatorial campaign... Read More
How can non-profit organizations survive? Echo Press | January 13, 2006By Al Edenloff Those who are doing well financially should try to contribute more to non-profit organizations, such as the Listening Ear Crisis Center, that help disadvantaged families. But the government should also do more by increasing taxes on the wealthy and wisely spending the proceeds to create equal opportunities for everyone. That was the message speaker Joel Kram... Read More
Taxing the RichTPT's Almanac | June 23, 2006Featuring Joel Kramer, Executive Director of Growth & Justice A group of Minnesotans took out a full-page ad in Thursday's Star Tribune saying it supports increasing taxes on the wealthy. Joel Kramer with the group Growth and Justice (the group sponsoring the ad squares off with someone with an opposing view. Click here to watch the news clip and scroll down to the June 23 show archive and select "Taxing the Rich". Read More
Toward a more competitive state Rather than just debate taxes in Minnesota, let's focus on where and how those resources are being invested. Taxes are always an issue in any election year, and this one is no exception. Growth & Justice recently jump-started the tax debate with its report, Invest for Real Prosperity. The liberal think tank maintains that higher taxes are needed to fund more public investment so that Minnesota can p... Read More
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