Thursday, May 15, 2003

Get on the bus 

Very good article today by John Fund on OpinionJournal about our governor and the seachange he's created in government budgetting in Minnesota. Meanwhile, some of the "victims du jour" are getting on the bus to take back Minnesota. As noted in the Fund article, GOP Rep. Marty Seifert replies, "You were voted off the island last year. The tribe has spoken. We will balance the budget without raising taxes." Meanwhile at the state's AFSCME chapter, the busriders declare war on "the wealthy".
The fairest way to start is to have large corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

  • The wealthy and CEO's of large corporations got a free ride in the 90s.
  • Everyone else has sacrificed already, but not the wealthy.
  • The wealthy got most of the tax cuts, working families got the least.
  • We need to start by closing corporate loopholes.
  • Corporations have been paying a smaller and smaller share of state taxes.
  • We need to restore tax rates on households making over $300,000 a year.

Dave Beal at the PioneerPress disputes a good bit of these claims. Class warfare lives in Minnesota! Special session is coming; stay tuned.