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
DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE Letter to the editor I want to applaud the News Tribune for writing about the number of wealthy Minnesotans who want to pay more than the meager taxes they are currently paying ("Wealthy Minnesotans to state: We'll pay more," June 23). These Minnesotans realize a better quality of life for themselves and others is not through handouts, but in giving people living-wage jobs where they can make a contributio... Read More
DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE Governor's challene to tax petition from rich echoes administration's bail out schemes A call by some of Minnesota's better-heeled residents to raise taxes on the rich seemed worthy of little more response than a "so noted" when it appeared in a full page Minneapolis Star Tribune advertisement last week. No tax bill is pending, the Legislature isn't in session and neither Republican nor DFL nor even I... Read More
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