DFLers propose $49M windfall for schools

DFLers propose $49M windfall for schools

There are 34 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 19, 2008, titled DFLers propose $49M windfall for schools. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The chairwoman of the Minnesota House Tax Committee on Wednesday proposed leveling the playing field for Minnesota businesses by eliminating tax subsidies that some companies get while lowering the corporate ...

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Angry Workingman

Plymouth, MN

#1 Mar 20, 2008
Yeah, good idea there DFL.
Impose non-competitive tax rates on those who create jobs (businesses) and then turn around and give BILLIONS of dollars (which will never be reduced in any meaningful manner) to those who are capable of working but refuse to.
Sense

Duluth, MN

#3 Mar 20, 2008
Figure out where all the billions are going now, before pumping another 48 million into a black hole of revenue.
Als Faken

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Mar 20, 2008
If the School Teachers Union ("Education" Minnesota) would just tell us how much it will cost to have the educators succeed at actually turning out educated children, I'll be willing to pay. But why give them $49M? I ask. It will just get wasted, and no one will learn any more than they do now.

DFL'ers shuld have paid attention in business class.
Todd Swanson

Litchfield, MN

#5 Mar 20, 2008
Your headline reads "DFL'ers propose $49 windfall for schools" but not one word in the article says anything about the impact to schools. Why is that?

Also, if the article is trying to say that schools will get the tax money please be aware that even if they get it the state takes it back by providing less aid. The government entity helped by this proposal and proposals like it is the state and only the state.
Keith

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 20, 2008
Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester says difficult times call for bold new ideas. Since when is a tax increase a bold new idea? Also, when is the $49M for schools coming from? The schools have plenty of money. It is the money wasted that needs to be eliminated.
angered by ignorance

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 20, 2008
Actually, schools DID have enough money, but the money from the state has not kept up with inflation. As a result, you, the taxpayer, becomes even more fiscally responsible as levys and bonds sprung out all over the state this November. After the referenda, many districts face grave budget cuts including closing schools, having much larger class sizes, and cutting services in order to enrich the children's learning. If schools were wasting money on education, you'd see people dropping out of law school to get a license and strike it rich. Instead, you see falling acheivement, higher drop out rates, and teachers like me working night jobs, summer jobs, and weekend jobs just trying to make ends meet!
Pete

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 20, 2008
It it easy to see What Bill Salibury thinks about the tax hike. He is all for it. "The chairwoman of the Minnesota House Tax Committee on Wednesday proposed leveling the playing field for Minnesota businesses by eliminating tax subsidies that some companies get while lowering the corporate income tax rate for all firms."
Why don't you do a story on Al Franken who has incorporated himself for the sole purpose of evading taxes?
Pete

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Mar 20, 2008
"DFLers propose $49M windfall for schools" You think this guy is a lap dog for the Liberal left DFL? No contesting that now.

Once again the left redistributiing wealth. Maybe Bill should do a story on Al Franken incorporating himself to evade paying taxes like the rest of us do.
Silly conservatives

Chesterfield, MO

#10 Mar 20, 2008
Typical conservative deceit: They're gonna take it from the businesses and give it to the unemployed. NOPE! The plan is to increase taxes on the currently UNDERTAXED (compared to neighboring states) businesses and help support our infrastructure. Conservatives always want to cut the preventative programs that would help eliminate the problems. Penny-wise, but pound foolish.
Smedley Butler

Titusville, FL

#11 Mar 20, 2008
Washington DC has the highest "per student" investment and their schools are generally appalling!

St Paul imported a bureaucrat from there to here.
Throwing $$$ at the problem witnout ID-ing the problem and how $$$ will address it is insanity-NOT a "Bold New Idea."
Former DFLer

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 20, 2008
Half of our entire state budget is for education. That does not include the additional money for the districts that comes from property tax and levies via the district. Please stop telling me that we haven't been spending enough on education. It's never enough for sinkhole that has become education in MN. Every year, year after year it's a "crisis" and every year they get more either through state aid or levies etc. Guess what, our incomes don't always keep up with inflation either. Unlike the schools we actually have to live within a budget instead of crying to the taxpayers for more every year.
Steve

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Mar 20, 2008
If you believe that businesses in MN are undertaxed, I have a bridge in SFO to sell you.
Silly conservatives wrote:
Typical conservative deceit: They're gonna take it from the businesses and give it to the unemployed. NOPE! The plan is to increase taxes on the currently UNDERTAXED (compared to neighboring states) businesses and help support our infrastructure. Conservatives always want to cut the preventative programs that would help eliminate the problems. Penny-wise, but pound foolish.
T-Bone

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Mar 20, 2008
The "JOBZ" program is a failure. Why aren't you so called conservatives addressing that? A legislative audit found that Pawlenty's pet program, which is nothing more than corporate WELFARE, is not working. The tax breaks go to companies and cities that do not need it. It's the same thing that happened with farm subsidies, they never helped the small farmer, but lined the pockets of the big corporate farms. When will people wise up? Phony conservatives talk about smaller government and less taxes, and rail against teachers and school funding, but what about the corporate giveaways? The JOBZ program is a drain on the State's finances. It's not working, let's end it and move on.
Former DFLer

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Mar 20, 2008
T-Bone wrote:
The "JOBZ" program is a failure. Why aren't you so called conservatives addressing that?
Probably because the topic is education.
Its my money

Plymouth, MN

#16 Mar 20, 2008
T-Bone wrote:
The "JOBZ" program is a failure. Why aren't you so called conservatives addressing that? A legislative audit found that Pawlenty's pet program, which is nothing more than corporate WELFARE, is not working. The tax breaks go to companies and cities that do not need it. It's the same thing that happened with farm subsidies, they never helped the small farmer, but lined the pockets of the big corporate farms. When will people wise up? Phony conservatives talk about smaller government and less taxes, and rail against teachers and school funding, but what about the corporate giveaways? The JOBZ program is a drain on the State's finances. It's not working, let's end it and move on.
And let's end the biggest redistribution program of all also... WELFARE.
Red Ryder

Monroe, LA

#17 Mar 20, 2008
Former DFLer wrote:
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Probably because the topic is education.
LOL...anything spelled like a hip-hop album should be doomed to failure.

yeahh....boyyyyzzzz!
John Citizen

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Mar 20, 2008
T-Bone says: "The "JOBZ" program is a failure. Why aren't you so called conservatives addressing that? A legislative audit found that Pawlenty's pet program, which is nothing more than corporate WELFARE, is not working. The tax breaks go to companies and cities that do not need it. It's the same thing that happened with farm subsidies, they never helped the small farmer, but lined the pockets of the big corporate farms. When will people wise up? Phony conservatives talk about smaller government and less taxes, and rail against teachers and school funding, but what about the corporate giveaways? The JOBZ program is a drain on the State's finances. It's not working, let's end it and move on."

T-Bone, don't agrue with a conservate. They'll have to wait for Rush Limbaugh to give them instructions on what to say and do.
Red Ryder

Monroe, LA

#19 Mar 20, 2008
Watching the liberal mind go to work on scandals is always instructive.

It turns out that accounting frauds and irregularities are a reason for new regulations when it comes to the private sector; for new subsidies, when it comes to Amtrak.

Pension funds that deprive workers of choice, put all of their retirement assets in one basket, and withhold useful information from them are a monstrous crime in the private sector; but Social Security is a "sacred trust".

When the Bush administration helps companies, whether through action or inaction, it is "typical Republican sympathy for fatcats"; when they let companies go bankrupt, they are displaying "typical Republican callousness toward workers and small investors".

After years of neglect, liberals are suddenly interested in the new investor class now that the goal of restoring its confidence in the markets is their perceived justification for regulation.
Bob

Chanhassen, MN

#20 Mar 20, 2008
The state loaned NWA $250,000,000 and holds it over their head when talking of merger.

I'd like to see $250,000,000 given to 3M as a reward for providing tens of thousands of jobs and leadership for the world of innovation.

Oh ya NO STRINGS ATTACHED just give 3M the money!!
Former DFLer

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Mar 20, 2008
John Citizen wrote:
T-Bone says: "The "JOBZ" program is a failure. Why aren't you so called conservatives addressing that? A legislative audit found that Pawlenty's pet program, which is nothing more than corporate WELFARE, is not working. The tax breaks go to companies and cities that do not need it. It's the same thing that happened with farm subsidies, they never helped the small farmer, but lined the pockets of the big corporate farms. When will people wise up? Phony conservatives talk about smaller government and less taxes, and rail against teachers and school funding, but what about the corporate giveaways? The JOBZ program is a drain on the State's finances. It's not working, let's end it and move on."
T-Bone, don't agrue with a conservate. They'll have to wait for Rush Limbaugh to give them instructions on what to say and do.
You're right! That's where we're at a disadvatage John, we have to wait for Rush to come on the air to tell us what to think and he's only on a few hours a day. Where as you always have your copy of the Manifesto at hand 24/7.

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