STAR TRIBUNE The great state tax debate in this year's governor's race was starting to look like a bust. Consider the positions staked out by the gubernatorial candidates endorsed by the state's three major parties: Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's no longer bound by his infamous "no new taxes" pledge. But he doesn't want to raise taxes. DFL endorsee Mike Hatch says his plans for higher spending can b... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Memo to Minnesota: Some of our wealthiest residents think state government needs more money and they're willing to pay the bill. More than 200 wealthy Minnesotans signed a full-page ad that appears in the Star Tribune today asking the state to raise $2 billion for various initiatives by increasing the state's tax burden for high-salary earners. "We need to invest more in our future," said Joel Kramer, former publi... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Tongue firmly in cheek, Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday embraced a proposal to increase the public contributions of some well-heeled Minnesotans by suggesting that the 203 individuals who signed a newspaper ad calling for higher taxes send checks to the state's Finance Department. In return, Pawlenty said in a news release, he would pose with each for a commemorative photo and issue them certificates of appreciation. More tha... Read More
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO Pawlenty was reacting to a full page newspaper ad placed by a group called "Growth and Justice" asking the state to collect another $2 billion each year by raising income taxes on Minnesota's top earners. Pawlenty said Minnesota is not an undertaxed state, but he would be happy to collect additional contributions from those who signed the ad. "So I'd like to ask each of them to write a check to the state of Mi... Read More
Minnesota Public Radio Two hundred wealthy Minnesotans say they're willing to pay higher taxes for the benefit of the state's future. Their names appear Thursday in a full-page newspaper ad, which was coordinated by the economic policy think-tank "Growth & Justice. Joel Kramer, a former publisher of the Star Tribune, is a co-chairman of the project, which he said is non-partisan. Kramer said the signers of the ad believe the sta... Read More
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