Do you support Gov. Dayton's proposal to increase the state's income tax on the wealthiest Minnesotans?
Yes. We need the money and the improved tax fairness.
120 votes (46%)
No. Higher taxes will discourage job creators.
139 votes (54%)

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We need to reduce spending.No matter how much money politicians get, they spend more than they have. We need to tell them to stop. Don't know about you folks, we can't afford to support their bloated inefficiency any more.

It appears that the 108 no voters still believe in the myth that higher taxes discourage job "creators".

Gov. Pawlenty's "no new taxes" policy robbed Peter to pay Paul using accounting gimmicks and one time revenues (budget cuts) such as "borrowing" school funding passing on the tax burden to school districts and municipalities increasing taxes on us. State funding for local governments declined during his 8 year term and in his last year in office county and city aid was cut by 30%. Property taxes increased by 26% from 2002 to 2010.

Gov. Pawlenty left us with a $5.5 billion deficit budget and negative job growth. During his 8 years, Minnesota lost 5,081 jobs. If MN had followed the national job growth, we would have gained 60,000 jobs.

According to the Mn Dept of Revenue on state taxes, the top 1% of Minnesotans, those making more than $480,000 a year, paid between 7.7 and 8.8%. The bottom 90% making less than $136,954 a year, paid an average of 12.5%. Now I'd call that gross inefficiency.

Two points Mr. Bonfire.

One: don't bother offering facts. Seem to be undesired items for too many.

Two: remember, as I'm sure you know, that the ease of voting over and over again in these polls only makes the outcome that much more meaningless.

Oh ... and a third. The first one is clearly the most important.


You're right, of course, but sometimes it's too tempting to try to poke that ignorance is bliss bubble. If folks don't hear it on "fair and balanced" Fox and company or from those ever circulating email blasts from their "well-informed" friends and relatives, it can't possibly be true. They will spend a lot of time researching the best price and quality of a car or a toaster before buying it but will trust implicitly, without question, anything the above tells them. I don't know how people reach adulthood without a healthy amount of skepticism, but there it is.

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