Democrats oppose warehouse tax repeal

Friday night, DFL strategist Richard Carlbom raised eyebrows by saying that repealing the warehouse tax would “blow a hole” in Minnesota’s budget. That raises the distinct possibility that the tax won’t be repealed. This raises the possibility that Democrats don’t want to repeal the warehouse tax.

At this point, it isn’t known whether Carlbom’s opinion is close to a majority opinion within the DFL. It’s possible it isn’t. It’s quite possible that they’ll face legitimate and intense opposition on repealing the warehouse and telecommunications taxes.


Later in the roundtable, Ellen Anderson argued that the legislature shouldn’t debate the repeal of the warehouse tax because people who went through the storms in late June “shouldn’t be held hostage to politics.” What’s ironic is that Sen. Anderson doesn’t mind that Red Wing Shoes is held hostage by this governor.

Sen. Anderson, do you really want Red Wing Shoes to move their warehousing operations to Wisconsin? That’s what will happen if this warehouse tax isn’t repealed ASAP. It’s ironic that Gov. Dayton is chasing iconic Minnesota businesses from Minnesota. Cargill was first. It won’t be the last.

Earlier in the show, Ken Martin defended Gov. Dayton by essentially arguing that we shouldn’t discuss the repeal of the warehouse tax during the special session because Gov. Dayton doesn’t want them discussed then. That’s an incredibly immature excuse. “I don’t want to” isn’t a justification. It’s what I’d expect from a 5-year-old.

This week, it was announced that July’s revenues fell short of their projection by 2.2%. That’s a significant shortfall. That’s a warning sign that the DFL’s tax policies are a disaster. Minnesota is sitting on the verge of an economic earthquake. Gov. Dayton is insisting that we not step away from this earthquake because he doesn’t want to right now.

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