State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Chris Coleman: Raise property tax to meet budget shortfall, but not 9%

I am vetoing Council Resolutions 16-1611 and 16-1624 setting the maximum property tax levies for the City of Saint Paul. My proposed 2017 budget maintains our long-standing commitment to good financial stewardship, aims to strengthen our economy & grow jobs, makes important public safety investments and promotes equity for all residents.

My 2017 budget proposal already includes more than $1 million in across the board cuts as part of the solution to an $11 million budget shortfall for 2017--much of which was caused by either inflationary pressures or continued underfunding by the state. My budget, for example, brings the sworn complement in our Police Department to an historic high of 620, up from 576 when I took office.

The Council majority voted yesterday for a maximum property tax levy increase of nearly 9%. I vehemently oppose this. The $3 million gap caused by the State's inaction is already a tough pill for property taxpayers to swallow. Going above my budget's amount is misguided.

Source: St. Paul MN Mayoral office press release, "Tax Levy" Sep 22, 2016

Mark Kennedy: 2006: No changes in tax rates, not even for very wealthy

The State Fair debate took place on September 1st. At the debate, Congressman Kennedy immediately attacked me as "another lawyer-lobbyist" and asked voters to send him to the Senate because of his record as a certified public accountant.

I was ready for that line. During the campaign, I had laid out a plan to reduce the debt that included both spending cuts and a proposal to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the top 1 percent of the nation's earners. Kennedy would not agree to any changes in the tax rates, even for the very wealthy.

I hit back. Noting that I had just visited the State Fair's beer garden, where I'd heard one student tell another that the beer they'd been drinking was "all foam and no beer," I turned to Kennedy and said, "That's your economic plan, Congressman. It's all foam and no beer."

That got the crowd going, and the line played almost constantly on radio and TV for the next 24 hours.

Source: 2006 MN Senate Debate in The Senator Next Door, p.211-2 Aug 24, 2015

Heather Johnson: Flat tax temporarily, until spending is limited

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: No, our answer is a temporary flat tax, reduction in spending, pay down the deficit. Our leaders need to learn to operate within a set budget just like every household that they claim to represent. Additionally, libertarians would like to see a tax model for limited government expenses, which incorporates choice from citizens in how they are taxed and for what they are taxed. We'd consider contracts or tax insurance models. The wealthy, like all citizens deserve equal representation under the law. Taxing some people more than others is not equal representation. However, as a libertarian I also don't believe that large companies deserve special favors either.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Amy Klobuchar: Extend Bush tax cuts except for those earning over $250K

Klobuchar calls for extending tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush on the middle class, but eliminating cuts for those earning more than $250,000 annually. Klobuchar ties tax reform to fixing the debt problem, and both need to be done in the next year, she said. "We have to find a path where we really send a message to the country and the world that we are serious."

For Bills, what to do about taxes is simple: a flat tax. He favors a solution that would tax every person and business 17.1 percent of their income, with just one or two deductions. That would allow tax returns to shrink to postcard size, and he said it may force some wealthy Americans to pay more.

Congress has three choices to reduce the debt, Bills said: grow the economy, reduce government or raise taxes. He said that cutting government would help the economy grow and could end up bringing in more taxes, even without a tax rate increase.

Source: West Central Tribune on 2012 MN Senate debate Oct 20, 2012

Amy Klobuchar: Reduce $250B deficit by rolling back capital gains & top 1%

Q: 57,000 households in Minnesota make over $200,000 a year. A lot of small businesses, people who create the jobs. And you want to come along and pound them with a new tax increase by taking away their tax cut. Why?

KLOBUCHAR: Our debt is approaching $9 trillion. This administration and this Congress took a $200 billion surplus and turned it into $250 billion deficit. One out of 12 of the federal tax dollars that Minnesotans are paying goes to interest on this debt. And this is my solution: First of all, letís look at those $70 billion thatís being sheltered in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda for multi-millionaires. Get rid of those shelters. Next, look at capital gains. Not changing the rate, but having a third-party validator like brokerage houses post those because thereís underpayment. That brings in $17 billion. Roll back the tax cuts to the Clinton levels, to the top 1%. That brings another $56 billion in. Get rid of the no-bid contracts so we have competitive bidding, $10 billion.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Tax relief was a reward for those who create jobs

Q: Ms. Klobuchar said that we should roll back the Bush tax cut on those making over $200,000 a year. Should we?

KENNEDY: We have had six million new jobs. The economy was flat on its back after 9/11. We passed tax relief to reward people--to let them keep more of their hard-earned money. Families, small business, those that take risk and create jobs. Six million new jobs have been created. We cannot be raising taxes, putting this economy back on its back, and also not growing jobs.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

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