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One special session to fix them all

August 9, 2013

Minnesota has been no stranger to special sessions in recent years....

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Aug-13-13 12:18 PM

Other than not wanting to pay more for your Cheerios, no one has furnished a reason why this exemption is in place. Running any small business is a challenge, but giving this exemption to just one business is playing political favorites. I realize it happens all the time but it does not make it right.

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Aug-12-13 3:32 PM

That's where you and I differ Turbo. I look at taxation in terms of where the final impact of it's implementation will lie, you make no distinction to it's effect at all. Along with other costs such as transportation and processing, tax increases will just be passed on to the consumer. This would have a very regressive net effect on consumers. It's ironic you say "level the playing field" when this would have an opposite effect on the people who would ultimately be paying for it.

This at a time when we have record numbers of people receiving food stamps.

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Aug-12-13 12:18 PM

If cost of the final product were the only determining factor, then there would be no taxes on anything. Transportation and proccesing cost are more of a factor in food costs than the cost to grow the food. The free market thrives best when everyone is on a level playing field. This exemption is in place because of political clout and the fear of our legislators that they will lose the farm vote if it is removed.

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Aug-12-13 11:05 AM

Agreed Turbo. If we want to find a way to for the government to indirectly tax our food this is just the ticket. If we tax farm equipment that cost increase will just be passed on to us consumers just like everything else. I'm sure nobody will object to higher food prices, after all the money would just be going to our government and they know best how to spend the money we all earn.

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Aug-12-13 9:19 AM

There never has been sales tax on farm equipment parts, or sales of new or used farm equipment. Other than food and clothes it is only retail transaction of wholegoods sales that is exempt from sales tax. No other large or family owned business in the state enjoys this exemption. This may have been right 40 yrs. ago when farms were run by Ma & Pa, but it hardly makes sense any more.

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Aug-11-13 1:27 AM

I appreciate the Lord of the Rings reference in the article title.

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Aug-10-13 11:43 AM

TURBO75 is this only for the labor portion of the cost or will it also repeal the tax on the cost of the items necessary for the repair? Since reading your source there seems to be some confusion as how it is applied as the Governor said he was unaware and can't find out who inserted it in the midnight final tax bill.

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Aug-09-13 4:24 PM

Before we all bemoan the demise of the family farm, a little fact-checking would be nice. The farm equipment repair tax DOES NOT APPLY TO EQUIPMENT OWNED BY FAMILY FARMS. It applies only to machines owned by large corporations such as Del-Monte, Green Giant ect. If a local farmer has paid this tax at a dealer or repair shop, he should go get his money back. Go to MN. DEPT OF REVENUE, PG. 152B, SALES AND USE TAX. I'm not so sure the governor is even aware of this, otherwise why try to score political points at Farmfest?

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