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
MINNESOTA MONTHLY Q & A With Joel Kramer In June, more than 200 wealthy Minnesotans called for a tax hike—on themselves. The proposal, published as a full-page ad in the Star Tribune, laid out a plan for raising $2 billion in revenue for spending in education, health care, and transportation, among other things. Critics suggested the signers could send Governor Pawlenty their checks anytime, but Joel Kramer, a former Star Tribu... Read More
DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE How quickly things change. Five months ago, Duluth voters overwhelmingly supported a tax increase to expand the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. We understood that making such an investment would pay off big in building a stronger local economy and a more stable community. At the time, the Duluth News Tribune agreed. The newspaper's attitude seemed to change with the June 26 editorial, "Have a little extra mon... Read More
THE CAPITOL TIMES "Rich Minnesotans want to pay more taxes" No, that's not a headline from The Onion. But, believe it or not, it is a headline that appeared over a recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune - a story that's generated considerable controversy in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and has led some to suggest that perhaps greed isn't as rampant in this country as many of us presume. OK, the actual headline said "so... Read More
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