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Unusual situation for legislature

December 9, 2013

There are plenty of people stepping up to take credit for the state’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus. Gov....

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middleclassworker

Dec-09-13 1:03 AM

Let both parties take complete credit for Minnesota's budget surplus. The truth is that while they are both bickering from opposite ends, what we got was somewhat centered in the middle. Sure, we raised taxes, some good, some bad. We also cut spending, which is necessary, too.

Imagine what could be accomplished if all the ultra right and left wingers would get ousted and we elected moderate representatives.

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middleclassworker

Dec-09-13 1:07 AM

On another note, can someone explain this whole tax on the repair of farm equipment? Do other businesses pay tax on the repair of their equipment? Yes, they do. My company charges tax on the labor of our customers' equipment, but not on their buildings, in accordance with the law. It is a COMPLETE mess. It is not black and white what parts of their facility are non-taxable or taxable.

If we are calling for a repeal of the tax on the repair of farm equipment, we should offer that repeal to all businesses. If anything, farmers can afford it more than many brick and mortar businesses.

Taxing labor is ridiculous, anyway. Labor is already taxed when it becomes income, and thus this tax is a double-whammy.

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JReader

Dec-09-13 2:20 PM

MCW,

If you hate double taxation so much then you should also be in favor of removing the capital gains tax. I realize you'd never go for that because that tax impacts those horrible 1% folks you despise so much.

The government has to keep dreaming up new taxes to feed their unending appetite for our money. This is nothing new. The one that always gets me is paying a tax when you buy a used car. Think if a car gets sold four different times from when it's new until it goes to the junk yard.

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Integrity

Dec-09-13 7:54 PM

MCW - I agree with you. However, I'm very wary of Gov Dayton's last session before re-election. He is VERY pro-business to business taxes. I'm afraid he's going to make a push for them this session. It's supposed to be just a bond session, not budget, but that doesn't mean he won't try to squeeze it through somewhere.

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