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Former politician's view: DFL doing all it can to drive job creators from Minnesota
Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5/2/13 | Phil Krinkie

Posted on 05/04/2013 4:09:21 PM PDT by rhema

Four months ago when the legislative session began no one knew what to expect. It would be the first time in more than 20 years that the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate as well as the Governor’s office.

Now with just three weeks before the scheduled adjournment of the 2013 legislative session the intent of the DFL lawmakers actions are clear. They are doing everything imaginable in their power to drive entrepreneurs and job creators out of Minnesota.

Just like a bunch of young cowboys driving a herd of cattle, the message these cowboys are sending to Minnesota’s small business community is “head ‘em up, round ‘em up and move ‘em out!”

If you examine the long list of anti-business proposals introduced during the last four months, it is staggering. They have proposed everything from the unionization of private child care businesses to a three dollar per hour hike in the minimum wage. They are also moving to place new fees on an array of things from the insurance policy for your home to the water you drink. In addition to a blizzard of new regulations and fees these young cowboys are determined to round up everyone with earnings above the median income level and brand them with higher taxes. Their multi-billion dollar increase in taxes includes an income tax increase for those making over $80,000, to a sales tax on clothing, taxing internet sales, a $1.60 per pack increase on cigarettes and higher taxes on beer and wine.

They have even proposed to make Minnesota the highest tax state in the nation for those with incomes over $500,000. No one should think they can escape these cowboys in their tax roundup; everyone will pay more, whether it is your cigarettes, a beer, a haircut or even your new blue jeans.

In the Democrat “roundup” to drive entrepreneurs out of the state, Gov. Dayton also included a provision to impose an income tax on anyone who lived outside the state for more than 60 days, just to make sure you’re taxed even if you try to leave.

If you think for a moment that the current actions of DFL lawmakers won’t drive business owners and upper income wage earners out of Minnesota you only need to read three recent reports.

First is the Tax Foundation’s 2013 report on “State Business Tax Climate Index”. The report ranks all 50 states on how their states’ tax system compares to others. In their report Minnesota currently ranks 45th. And this is before the massive DFL tax increase hammer comes down on Minnesota’s small businesses. Don’t forget that 90% of small business owners report their business earnings on their individual income filing.

The second report to consider is the Kauffman Foundation’s annual index of entrepreneurial activity. This recently released report shows Minnesota dead last for new business starts in 2012. Yes, Minnesota had fewer new business start-ups than economic power houses like Wyoming and West Virginia. Reflect for a moment that a high tax state like New York is advertising that they are cutting taxes in order to attract business to the “New, New York”. While here in Minnesota we are placing higher taxes on anyone who has a job.

The third report that highlights trouble ahead for Minnesota’s business development is a new report by the Center of the American Experiment. The report is entitled “Minnesotan’s on the move to lower tax states”. The report shows that Minnesota loses thousands of people and their income to lower tax states every year. It states that “Minnesota’s tax policies directly impact economic growth and opportunity in the state”.

These three studies show an alarming trend in Minnesota. They illustrate a decline in innovation and job creation that will have a devastating impact on Minnesota’s long term economic growth. Some legislators think that by providing millions of taxpayer dollars to large corporations like the Mayo Clinic or the Mall of America it will sustain Minnesota’s economic long term growth. What they forget is the 70% of Minnesota jobs are provided by employers with less than 100 employees.

Small business is the economic engine that drives Minnesota’s economy. If Gov. Dayton and Democrat legislators succeed in driving up taxes and increasing the regulatory burden on small business, the consequence will be to “head up, round up and move out”, hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the state. Today the only sound emanating from the Capitol hallways is “yeehaw” as DFL lawmakers continue their drive to force business owners out of Minnesota.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: dayton; democrat; dfl

1 posted on 05/04/2013 4:09:21 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
"a provision to impose an income tax on anyone who lived outside the state for more than 60 days, j"

I live outside the state 365.25 days/year. Do I owe tax?

2 posted on 05/04/2013 4:11:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rhema
"economic power houses like Wyoming and West Virginia."

Both big in coal.

3 posted on 05/04/2013 4:16:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rhema

Cowboys? How about “rustlers” “bandits” or “vandals?” Cowboys invokes a whole different timber of man, and these democrats are anything but men! They are pussified city-boys with white frills about their necks, patting their obese guts, slavering their paunchy lips, looking for the next meal to feast upon.

They ain’t cowboys.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 4:19:10 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: rhema

I was going to ask but I figured it out, DFL = Democrat Farmer Labor party. (It’s why you love Minnesota DFL).

http://dfl.org/


5 posted on 05/04/2013 4:19:56 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: rhema

Trouble in Lake Wobegone. I guess that they are all really above average now. Kansas and Texas beckon.


6 posted on 05/04/2013 4:24:11 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: rhema

Minnesota has always had socialist leanings and tendencies. Now it is just going to the next level. I mean, it is pretty much Sweden in bloodline and mindset.

Give it ten years and Minnesota will be over-run with the muzz, just as its Scandinavian step-father. Minneapolis will become Malmo.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 4:26:44 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

Who in their right mind would be away from MINNESSSSSSSSSSSSSOTA for 60 days and decide to go there!
Does this apply to ILLEGAL MIGRANT FARM WORKERS?
One of the few states I never visited and now it’s off the list! Oh well maybe! can cross it short fashion!


8 posted on 05/04/2013 4:35:09 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: centurion316

Lake WoeBeHere

DFL=Dumb For Life


9 posted on 05/04/2013 4:38:01 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: rhema

Paging Rick Perry...


10 posted on 05/04/2013 4:43:45 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: rhema
$1.60 per pack increase on cigarettes

Again the upper income Al Gore/Unabomber wing of white democrats strikes again. Why? Look at the disparity of who will pay this tax:

In a study conducted on behalf of the New York State Department of Health, it revealed that low-income smokers (those in households making under $30,000), spent an average of 23.6% of their annual household income on cigarettes, compared to 2.2% for smokers in households making over $60,000.[15]

Cigarette taxes in the United States

If Republicans want an issue they can win on with the lower middle class and poor, cigarette taxes are a big one.

11 posted on 05/04/2013 4:48:04 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: MulberryDraw

The Democrat Party wasn’t near as extreme left as Minnesotans, so they started their own party that just associates with the national Democrats.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 4:54:47 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: rhema
They are doing everything imaginable in their power to drive entrepreneurs and job creators out of Minnesota.

What surprises me is how many people think it is all some kind of misunderstanding, rather than an intentional piece of a larger grand plan.

The ratcheting up of outright contempt for small business owners from state and local governments, the IRS, Federal and state regulatory agencies, and even the MSM since January, 2009 strains credulity. One feels that they clap their hands in glee every time another small business goes under.

13 posted on 05/04/2013 4:57:07 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: rhema

Well Minnesota,—don’t feel like the Lone Ranger.

Our boy O’Malley and his Democrats are like Ali baba and the Forty thieves here in Maryland. They charge me a flush tax to crap in my own septic system and now have imposed a rain tax for every time it rains, not to mention an 80% tax increase on fuel.

And my Governor thinks he can run for President. LMAO
He wont get many votes from Marylanders.

1/3rd of the Millionaires in Maryland have already run out of state, and the others are packing.


14 posted on 05/04/2013 4:59:43 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: rhema

ping


15 posted on 05/04/2013 5:19:54 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: rhema

BTTT


16 posted on 05/04/2013 5:28:16 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: centurion316

“Trouble in Lake Wobegone. I guess that they are all really above average now. Kansas and Texas beckon.”

Crap... Folks are already moving here (Texas) faster than we can build houses and roads. Got an idea. Not trying to be un-neighborly or anything like that, but why don’t you good folks take back your own state? Maybe team up with Michigan and Illinois conservatives and kick some @$$. Those inner city punks can’t fight. Heck, they even turn their guns sideways so you know they can’t hit nothing.....


17 posted on 05/04/2013 5:29:05 PM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Vince Ferrer

They seem to forget wi is a short drive from Minneapolis. I see cig sales up in Hudson and superior.


18 posted on 05/04/2013 5:30:47 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: snoringbear

We’ll take ‘em. But, only if they buy some land, get some horses, goats, cattle; and if they don’t have any guns we’ll take ‘em down to Cabela’s.


19 posted on 05/04/2013 5:35:27 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: rhema

Like with California’s simpletons, you can only hope the people who flee Minnesota are not the same moronic scumbags who voted the Democrats into office.


20 posted on 05/04/2013 5:42:38 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: snoringbear

“Not trying to be un-neighborly or anything like that, but why don’t you good folks take back your own state? Maybe team up with Michigan and Illinois conservatives and kick some @$$. “

Now there’s an idea! Carried to the extreme, all the productive members of society will have congregated in Texas and a few other states. Then it will be time to “recut the USA state boundaries and make it easier for those of like mind to live nearer to each other.
Those who encouraged immigration have lived to regret it.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 5:49:45 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: ought-six

Burnsville is overrun with them.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 6:48:31 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: MulberryDraw; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Yes, the Farmer Labor party were once a separate outfit before merging with the rats in 1944. It’s been the DFL ever since.

In next door North Dakota there was a similar phenomenon with the “Non-Partisan League” which went from a socialist RINO faction to merging with the democrats in 1956. They still use the name as well.

Prairie radicals, gotta love them.


23 posted on 05/04/2013 10:50:51 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy
>> Yes, the Farmer Labor party were once a separate outfit before merging with the rats in 1944. It’s been the DFL ever since. In next door North Dakota there was a similar phenomenon with the “Non-Partisan League” which went from a socialist RINO faction to merging with the democrats in 1956. They still use the name as well. Prairie radicals, gotta love them. <<

I teased some RATs about that around a decade ago when they were screaming that Gore got more votes than Bush... 48%-47% or whatever it was. I pointed out "the people" had elected 49 GOP Senators, but only 43 RAT Senators, yet they controlled the Senate despite "the people" clearly electing more Republicans than Democrats to Senate seats. Of course the RATs in reality had 50 members of their caucus, but we had Independents caucusing with the RATs and Minnesota had explicitly elected two members of the DFL Party to the U.S. Senate, rather than elect a Democrat, etc.

Libs had no clue what I was talking about, though.

24 posted on 05/05/2013 12:34:31 AM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: rhema

Minnesota’s socialists are smarter than history’s socialists.

They have figured out how to tax their way to prosperity.


25 posted on 05/05/2013 10:55:10 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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