"Most of the shareholders, that is the taxpayers, in this state will continue this fight until there is no more fight to give. Then it will be time for flight. And as have we have seen, many states close by (and some not so close by), offer a nice refuge for the tired and over taxed."
Kiplinger has address this issue before - more than once. Usually it is about the least friendly state for retirees to live in. And God love them - our state Democrats always puts the state of Minnesota in the top ten. Sometimes the top five. But who cares about the retirees? Those old farts? Let's talk about today's youngins'. The shakers and movers. On second thought, we better not. The news for them ain't too good either.
Maybe we could have have the chant "We are number one!" Actually, as nice as it is to get the recognition of being number one this year, we kind of cheated. Not that our tax situation is that good normally, but with Dayton vetoing the Tax Conformity Bill last session, that might have taken us from number two or three up to number one.
Guess who else is on the list? The usual suspects. Hawaii, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and of course California. But on this top ten list of tax thieving states, it is nice to finally have some recognition as being the worst - not just one of the worst. By the way, guess who was not on this list? Our neighbors. The Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. They are all just loving this!
One would think with this massive tax problem, both parties would be running fiscal hawks to be Governor to help fix things. If you did, you would be half right. Jeff Johnson, the endorsed and primary winning nominee of the MN GOP, has a plan to cut our taxes down to size. Plus, get us off the high SALT list, getting us off the top ten worst tax list, and all this, without sacrificing the quality of life this state is accustomed to.
How about the DFL? Who are they putting up? A huge progressive. A tax and spend liberal. A man who does not give two poops and a holler if we are number one on the most taxed state from now until (dare I say it?), the "rocks and cows" come home.
Not only would Tim Walz like to really blow up the state debt by initiating single payer heath care, he also wants "free" education for whomever wants it for two years after high school. All this while funding Pre K-12 with enough money to fund Vegas. Plus to take care of the thousands of illegal gang members when Walz makes us a sanctuary state, we will need more money for welfare also.
Jeff Johnson has said many times in this campaign the differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Amen. Whereas Jeff would look at the Kiplinger article and gasp, Walz would read it and yawn. Nothing new under the sun. Then why, would you ask, is Walz still doing so well in the polls? Easy answer. Over the years, the DFL have twisted and torted the tax code so much, half the people don't pay a cent. If you don't pay, this is all up side. Why would you not like Walz? He is Santa Clause. All Johnson promises is opportunity.
I encourage you all to read this article. I have posted it on my Facebook site, Minnesotans for Real Tax Justice. It is a sobering article. It is sobering if you pay taxes in this state - in any bracket. If you don't pay taxes, just skip it, and move on to the funny pages.
Most of the shareholders, that is the taxpayers, in this state will continue this fight until there is no more fight to give. Then it will be time for flight. And as have we have seen, many states close by (and some not so close by), offer a nice refuge for the tired and over taxed.