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Continued: St. Anthony: Did the Legislature hobble growth at Red Wing Shoes?

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 9, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Tough not to blame the DFL, boxed in for a decade by the Republican majority and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the self-described Wal-Mart Republican who is getting rich lobbying for the Wall Street titans whose 2008 bailout he once bashed. But the DFL leaders and Dayton need to return to the drawing board and develop a more coherent approach that is broader-based and fairer.

What to do

They are going to get a break from the marvelous Minnesota economy, which is growing faster than the national economy. We still need tax reform that ought to include:

• Repeal of the warehouse sales tax.

• A broader-but-lower state sales tax on all consumer goods and services including clothing. Use the income tax system to protect the working poor from too heavy a burden.

• Higher alcohol taxes, which have not been raised for years. Quit picking just on smokers. The booze lobby is just more powerful. Alcohol, from drunken driving to lost productivity and health care expenses, doesn’t pay the full tab for the damage it does.

• Quit demonizing the wealthy. Some are even Democrats. They pay a lot of taxes. Dayton & Co. went too far in raising the highest marginal rate close to 10 percent.

• Quit behaving as if Education Minnesota and AFSCME are Minnesota’s most important stakeholders.

 

Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144

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