Readers Write (April 26): State budget, Petters case, air quality

  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 7:14 PM
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STATE BUDGET

Do DFL proposals equal responsibility or risk?

Kudos to DFL legislators for seeking the revenue increases necessary if we are serious about balancing the budget (without accounting tricks) and investing in what we say our priorities are. Frankly, I wish they had asked for more. We have infrastructure that cannot afford another biennium of underfunding and neglect.

A few decades ago, the state’s top income tax rate was 12 percent; corporations considered paying taxes to be good citizenship, and schools received funds from a statewide levy that equalized disparity across districts.

Today, the top rate is less than 8 percent; more than half of corporations in the state pay no income tax, thanks to loopholes and subsidies, and schools depend on the instability and inequity of local levies.

We don’t have to look far to see that we have abundant revenue to build a healthy and prosperous Minnesota. We just need to look to our past to find the courage and sense of community necessary to use it.

Gregory King, Minneapolis

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The April 20 issue of the Star Tribune had a front-page story: “Minnesotans ranked last in business creation.” The top headline on April 24 was: “Push is on to tax more income.” Don’t you think they are related?

Al Beisner, Maple Grove

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I’m deeply concerned about the impact that proposed tax increases will have on my business and employees. Over the last several years, we’ve looked closely at our bottom line and have figured out how to do more with less. However, we’re not completely out of the woods, and the proposed tax increases threaten to reverse the recent slow growth seen in the business community across Minnesota.

I love Minnesota, my company and my employees. Taxpayers deserve accountability. Before legislators ask for additional money from us, they should first do what businesses and families do: review their budget, cut wasteful spending and ensure each dollar is being spent wisely.

Tim Yocum, St. Paul

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When I hear politicians say they will cut waste in government, make government smaller and use it to create jobs, I have these questions:

• What “waste” will you eliminate?

• What government programs and activities will you cut or reduce?

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