Minnesota DFLers push for higher taxes for transportation

Mar 21, 2013 Full story: startribune.com 34

After years of riding behind Republicans on transportation, DFLers now in the driver's seat at the Legislature are pushing hefty increases in taxes for transit and highways.

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Mar 22, 2013
You asked for it Minnesota, you got it. 9.5 cents per gallon gasoline tax increase proposed. An increase proposed to 1% sales tax for LRT. That would make the base sales tax rate in Minneapolis 8.525%. St Paul would have a base rate of 8.375%, while Dakota and Washington county sales taxes would increase to 7.875%. In Carver and Scott counties, the base sales tax rate would increase to 7.625%, the current rate of sales tax in St Paul.

So much for the progressives shielding low income folks from regressive taxes like sales taxes.

Many of the cities/states with high sales taxes have low personal state income tax rates. Lucky for us in Minnesota, we get to have high rates for sales taxes and state income taxes.
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 22, 2013
With the DFL (Dumb Fhocking Liberals) in 100% control of State Government we can expect nothing less.

They consider having the highest taxes in the UNIVERSE as a goal!!

But they were elected by the Minnesota voters so the majority gets what they want. I trust by the time of the next election the voters will have aaholes so sore from being skkrewed by the DFL they will vote the other way.

Oh butt there will Gay unions of some sort, that's very important.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 Mar 22, 2013
Well, the childish contingent spewed, right con ???

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#5 Mar 22, 2013
non-starter wrote:
You asked for it Minnesota, you got it. 9.5 cents per gallon gasoline tax increase proposed. An increase proposed to 1% sales tax for LRT. That would make the base sales tax rate in Minneapolis 8.525%. St Paul would have a base rate of 8.375%, while Dakota and Washington county sales taxes would increase to 7.875%. In Carver and Scott counties, the base sales tax rate would increase to 7.625%, the current rate of sales tax in St Paul.
So much for the progressives shielding low income folks from regressive taxes like sales taxes.
Many of the cities/states with high sales taxes have low personal state income tax rates. Lucky for us in Minnesota, we get to have high rates for sales taxes and state income taxes.
One has to wonder how much of that increase will actually be spent on transportation.
Irish MN

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 22, 2013
Why do republicans hate to pay for things? Always looking for a free handout or a way to "defer" payment. They learned their accounting gimmicks at the International School of Smoke and Mirrors.

Did they ever pay their back rent in St. Paul?
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#7 Mar 22, 2013
One has to wonder, why you pretend government has to directly pay tax money, from every individual source... Do you budget 4 dollars for a happy meal and give them it no matter what the cost ???
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Mar 22, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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One has to wonder how much of that increase will actually be spent on transportation.
A good question.

One of wisdom once said: "The Best Government Is Less Government".

The clean water amendment proceeds go to parks, trails all kinds of junk.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#9 Mar 22, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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One has to wonder how much of that increase will actually be spent on transportation.
If you are talking about bike paths and choo-choo trains, almost all of it will be spent on that.

If you are talking about fixing pot holes, keeping the roads plowed in winter, exapnding current roadways to handle current and projected needs, almost none.

After all, the more we become like France and Greece, the happier the DFL'ers are.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#10 Mar 22, 2013
Sure, like the guy who can't find Hertz AT Sea-tac actually has a clue... Perhaps, we need Corvair ONLY lanes, for broken junkers.... LMAOROFU!

Hey, is 95% increase on IMMR GREAT ???
AntiMelting

New Richmond, WI

#11 Mar 22, 2013
A streetcar will fix all of Minneapolis's problems, right?

“I Want To Be Evil”

Since: Feb 13

I Wanna Be Bad

#12 Mar 22, 2013
Is Gov. Google Eye's proposed Snow Bird tax even legal?
If you live in another state for 6 months and 1 day you are legally a resident of that state, yet he wants to penalize (tax) you if you live in Minnesota the rest of the year.
Moving out of Minnesota permanently is looking better every day.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#14 Mar 22, 2013
Seems like the cheapskate contingent is well represented, who knew you're all broke losers, besides ME !!! LMAOROTFU~!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 22, 2013
It would appear that Dayton's ability to link causes and effects rivals that of a lobotomized mental patient.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#16 Mar 22, 2013
Poor non-sense, every word you write is partisan POOP !!!

non-starter wrote: I found it, you just won't publish that you got it off Yahoo or Wiki answers ....

THEN the lies began, LMAOROTFU~!

non-starter wrote: No, I guessed, because you

weren't forthcoming with your source

OR MY NEW FAVORITE-

non-starter wrote: I found similar postings on Yahoo answers and Wiki answers

You posted to the urban dictionary to support your position...It's called tampering and you're clearly a duplicitous/dishonest POS... Have a nice lie... Oh sorry, I surely meant life.
AntiMelting

New Richmond, WI

#17 Mar 22, 2013
Miss Piggy Chops wrote:
Is Gov. Google Eye's proposed Snow Bird tax even legal?
If you live in another state for 6 months and 1 day you are legally a resident of that state, yet he wants to penalize (tax) you if you live in Minnesota the rest of the year.
Moving out of Minnesota permanently is looking better every day.
It would also be interesting to see how he would react if the GOP proposed tax legislation on out-of-state assets.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#18 Mar 22, 2013
AntiMelting wrote:
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It would also be interesting to see how he would react if the GOP proposed tax legislation on out-of-state assets.
He'd copy RawMoney and move it offshore, right ??? Oh yeah, then it's OK !??
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 22, 2013
AntiMelting wrote:
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It would also be interesting to see how he would react if the GOP proposed tax legislation on out-of-state assets.
You mean tax wealth, not income?
fatbacksx

United States

#20 Mar 22, 2013
When the chicoms move in, they'll fix everything. Don't need much of a road to peddle a bicycle on.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 22, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Gov. Mark Dayton is again proposing an income tax on people who spend 60 or more days a year in the state.

Dayton argues that "snow birds," people who spend the winter in warmer climates, use the same services everyone else pays for and should be required to pay their fair share. The governor's proposal would require them to pay a prorated portion of their income taxes in Minnesota.

Under current law, only those who live in Minnesota for more than six months of the year must pay state income taxes. Changing the law would generate $15 million a year, according to state Department of Revenue Projections.

It would appear that Dayton's ability to link causes and effects rivals that of a lobotomized mental patient.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Mar 22, 2013
Florida Rep. Radel rips Minnesota governor's 'snowbird' tax plan, welcomes refugees

Published February 03, 2013

A Florida Republican congressman is welcoming to his home state Minnesota residents who migrate south to escape the Midwest’s notoriously cold, harsh winters -- now that their governor is trying to impose a so-called “snowbird tax” on them.

“Dear Governor Mark Dayton,” Rep. Trey Radel wrote Friday.“I'm writing today to thank you. As a Floridian, I am overjoyed to hear about your plan to raise taxes on Minnesotans, most especially the so-called ‘snowbirds.’ Your proposal gives us a chance to shine here in the Sunshine State.”

Dayton, a Democrat, proposed the idea last week when announcing key parts of his proposed $37.9 billion budget. He made a similar proposal last year that was defeated by the then-Republican-controlled legislature.

The plan would purportedly raise no more than $30 million over two years from all Minnesota residents who live 60 days to just under six months in Minnesota by taxing their capital gains and dividends as well as income from stocks and bonds.

However, the prorated income tax would largely hit older residents and retirees, known as “snowbirds” because they leave northern states to establish residency in such warmer places as Arizona and Florida.

Dalton said it’s unfair that somebody can live six months and a day outside of Minnesota and pay no state personal income taxes, then come back and take advantage of “all the state has to offer for five months and 29 days.”

“There is a snowbird tax -- absolutely,” he told reporters.

The purportedly first-of-its-kind tax would be difficult to enforce and is already facing opposing from state Republicans.

“I don’t even think that’s constitutional,” Senate Minority Leader David Hann told the MinnPost.com .“I don’t even know how you’d do that.(And) as far as I can see, there’s not a lot of money attached to it.”

Radel, argues in the letter, which appear written with pointed sarcasm to skewer higher taxes, that southwest Florida would welcome more entrepreneurs and philanthropists investing in the region. And he cited such incentives as no income taxes, investment incentives for big and small businesses and “great” public, charter and private schools.

“It's my sincere hope your plan has just driven many Minnesotans to become year-round residents of our great state,” he wrote.“I thank you for your policy. It draws the contrast of what is happening not only in United States today, but the world.”

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