ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS Last week, 203 high-earning Minnesotans took out a full-page ad in the Minneapolis newspaper announcing their willingness to pay an extra two cents on every dollar they earn to help the state invest more in such things as education, health care and transportation. While this plan attracted another 100 signatures from supporters who heard about it that day, it also earned the expected ridicule from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who... Read More
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
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