Gov. Dayton, Democrats tax first, think later

This article is proof that Democrats raise taxes reflexively, then think about the negative consequences of those tax hikes later:

In a sudden reversal, Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s open to expanding the scope of a possible special session to include the repeal of a new sales tax on farm equipment repair. Dayton shared his revised position Thursday at Farmfest, according to media reports. An aide later confirmed the shift.


His willingness to look beyond a storm disaster relief measure is a stark turn from two days earlier when he said other measures could wait until next year.

Gov. Dayton is doing this for purely political motives. It isn’t that he thinks there’s anything wrong with taxing farm equipment repairs. It’s that he thinks this tax increase hurts him with farmers.

Throughout his term, Gov. Dayton has raised taxes first, then rethought things afterward. Gov. Dayton’s entire term has been that of him checking something off his progressive checklist, then changing his mind. His reconsiderating the special session is a perfect example of his instability:

His willingness to look beyond a storm disaster relief measure is a stark turn from two days earlier when he said other measures could wait until next year.

On Tuesday, Dayton criticized efforts to put other topics in play as “grandstanding.”

This is telling. Gov. Dayton criticized Republicans when they spoke about using the special session for addressing taxes, calling it “grandstanding.” It isn’t surprising that Gov. Dayton thinks it’s a great idea now that Speaker Thissen is proposing expanding the special session to repeal a Dayton/Bakk/Thissen tax increase that isn’t popular.

House Minority Leader Daudt isn’t letting Gov. Dayton’s indecision slip quietly into the night:

“Just one month after Democrats’ new taxes took effect, they are now admitting Republicans were right. We’ve stood alongside Minnesotans all along, telling Democratic lawmakers in St. Paul that hardworking taxpayers can’t afford to pay more. But Governor Dayton, Speaker Thissen and legislative Democrats refused to listen. Today, Governor Dayton and Speaker Thissen announced they agree with us that their tax hikes, like the farm equipment repair tax, are bad for Minnesota. Furthermore, the governor has also reversed his position, conceding that the warehousing tax needs to be repealed,” said Rep. Daudt. “Republicans agree that Democrats’ tax increases hurt Minnesota families and farmers and they should be repealed. By using Special Session to fix their mistakes, consider this a ‘Do-Over’ Session for Democrats.”

The special session was first considered for spending federal disaster relief money. That’s still part of the agenda. The difference now is that Gov. Dayton and Speaker Thissen are expanding the session for political disaster relief in the form of repealing parts of their unpopular tax increase.

It isn’t new that Democrats don’t think tax increases through. Here’s another example of them taxing first, thinking after:

REP. ZELLERS: But if I pay him every month $20 or $100, is that going to be or is he going to have to start collecting sales tax and remitting it to the State of Minnesota?
COMMISSIONER FRANS: …He probably would. If it was a monthly charge, then there likely would be a sales tax charge.
REP. ZELLERS: So then someone mowing my lawn, someone shovelling snow for me during the winter time or a babysitter?
COMMISSIONER FRANS: Those services would generally all be covered by the sales tax.

Gov. Dayton didn’t think the sales tax through. If they had, they wouldn’t have initially proposed a sales tax on kids for mowing people’s lawns. Again, it’s a matter of taxing first, thinking after.

Democrats will insist that this shows Gov. Dayton is flexible. That’s BS. It shows he thinks social justice first, fairness second and economic growth somewhere down the list of priorities. The thought of 4 more years of this type of economic foolishness is a business’s worst nightmare. Gov. Dayton’s economic priorities aren’t Minnesota’s priorities.

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