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I’ve been observing the sniping at the governor’s budget proposal. It generally consists of people looking out for their self-interests. It would be more meaningful if each critic could act like a legislator. If you propose cutting a certain tax, tell how you would replace the revenue. How would you balance the budget without any of the borrowing and shifting under former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s tenure?
WAYNE SATHER, Eagan
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I was planning to write a poem and submit it to Gov. Dayton for consideration as a state poem. However, I could not find enough words that rhyme with “taxes.”
RICH JANSEN, Apple Valley
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Dayton’s proposed budget is an example of unprincipled inconsistency. He campaigned on making the rich pay more taxes. He didn’t suggest an expansion in sales taxes to clothing and services which, of course, will be paid mostly by the middle class. Sadly, the Star Tribune supports his basic proposals, except for those that would affect the paper (taxes on business services). Furthermore, the paper has suggested that the governor’s proposed rate on high earners is too high and would keep the state from attracting talented people.
STAN WEESE, Brooklyn Park
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There’s an easy solution to the problem of Minnesota retirees moving to another state to avoid paying their “fair share’ of Minnesota taxes. Just do what the former Soviet Union used to do and what Cuba and North Korea do yet today: Refuse to let them leave the state. The Legislature could then pass a law that charges all tourists income taxes based on the number of days spent in our state. We would be swimming in revenue in no time, which will allow us to “invest” in myriad new projects and programs.
DOUG CLEMENS, Bloomington
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Minnesotans who spend winters in Florida aren’t tax cheaters (Readers Write, Feb. 18). For 23 years, my husband and I fled Minnesota’s winters to bask in Florida sunshine. As soon as we declared Florida as our state of domicile, our property taxes in Minnesota increased 100 percent. Because we no longer had Minnesota state income taxes to deduct from our federal income tax, we paid a higher rate, some of which, I am sure, funneled back to Minnesota. What we paid did not equal what our Minnesota income tax assessment would have been, but we did not get off completely scot-free.
JANE M. SCANLON, Rochester, Minn.
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