ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Yes, that means raising revenue—i.e., taxes, because the facts matter We’ve all heard people say, in jest, that their minds are made up and that they don’t want to be confused with the facts. But we should demand at least a little more open-mindedness and evidence-based decision-making from our elected legislators, especially in times of crisis. And that’s exactly what we hav... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A new report (by rich people!) finds that the wealthy are earning much more and paying much less in taxes As the rhetorical wars on tax policy escalate, let’s allow right up front two important points about rich people and their taxes. First, most wealthy and successful people in Minnesota and the United States can be celebrated. They should not be blamed, individually or as a class, for growing ec... Read More
ST. PAUL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This conservative’s thoughts on taxes for 2010 and beyond are sensible For God’s sake (or at least for St. Peter’s sake), could just a few good legislators in those anti-tax straitjackets please listen to and heed former Gov. Al Quie, a Christian conservative of uncommon common sense and compassion? If this happened, and if Quie’s sage advice were followed-and if a few profiles i... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Bottom line: Not paying your bills is just plain wrong Until the court decision last week that found part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's massive budget unallotment gambit to be unconstitutional, I was strongly considering sending a letter like this to some of those annoying people who keep demanding that I pay my bills - one in particular. Dear Cell Phone Service Provider: I know that I agreed to certain... Read More
Fairer taxes must be part of solution Winona Daily News Versions of this op-ed also appeared in The Star Tribune, The Bemidji Pioneer, The Recorder-Spokesman, and The Mankato Free Press. As Minnesotans brace for all the human pain and suffering caused by one of the more serious private-sector failures in memory, it makes no sense whatsoever to knock the stuffing out of our public sector as well. It’s our public institutions and in... Read More
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