By Pat Kessler

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton appealed to Minnesota’s richest citizens Tuesday to spare the poor and bear the brunt of a $6.2 billion budget deficit.

Dayton is proposing $4.1 billion in tax hikes, including creating a new fourth-tier income tax rate, raising property taxes on homes valued above $1 million and imposing a 3 percent surtax on high incomes.

Dayton also cuts 7,200 low-income adults from state health programs, raises taxes on health care providers and cuts payments to nursing homes.

The tax hike on the highest income Minnesotans drew the most attention, and harsh words, at the Capitol.

However, Dayton says most Minnesotans won’t get any tax hike at all. Is that true?

He’s proposing the highest income tax in the nation, and it’s not even close.

“This is a very tough budget for very hard economic times,” he said as he unveiled the controversial budget plan.

IN FACT, right now, Minnesota’s income tax rate on wealthy Minnesotans (7.85 percent) ranks sixth-highest in the United States. It trails only Vermont (8.95 percent), Iowa (8.98 percent), California (9.55 percent), New Jersey (10.75 percent) and Hawaii (11.0 percent).

Under Dayton’s plan, the tax rate would rise to 10.95 percent and impose a 3-year, 3 percent temporary surcharge on incomes above $500,000. That would make Minnesota’s 13.95 percent income tax rate on the wealthy the highest in America.

But that’s NOT THE WHOLE STORY. Only 5 percent of Minnesotans would pay the highest income tax rate. Ninety-five percent of Minnesotans would not see a tax hike.

Here’s what you NEED TO KNOW. Almost no one pays income tax on their entire salary. The tax is on income after deductions.

For example, a married couple filing jointly would have to earn $200,000 a year to be taxed at $150,000. Their tax bill would go up about $139.

It’s the higher end that hurts: $1 million earners would see their tax bill increase $37,000 above what it is now. Read more about that here from the Department Of Revenue.

Although Dayton’s tax hike proposal would affect only about 5 percent of Minnesota taxpayers, the top earners in Minnesota pay the most in total taxes.

The 2010 Department of Revenue Tax Incidence Study found the top 10 percent of Minnesota earners, which is about 245,000 households, pay 43 percent of all income taxes.

That’s Reality Check.

Comments (61)
  1. Ginger Shepla says:

    All I can say is get out while you can. Govenor Dayton is coming after you next. He, like any other democrat, can’t spend your money fast enough. Eiither stop being so production or move to another state that let’s you keep your hard earned money.

    1. Irv says:

      Spoken like a true wealthy republican who only cares about themselves. Remember the term community. Long lost in MN political language.

      1. Karen says:

        You just don’t get it. Tax one, you tax all. Community means everybody being responsible. Is it responsibly to be on welfare all your life, to have more children than you can care for, Expect the government to provide food, housing, medical care, education, etc. etc. etc. while you sit on your butt? Community means everybody working together. The help we provide the disadvantaged is a limited time offer, not a way of life.

      2. ryan says:

        Tell me one program that was saved by the concept of “taxing the wealthy”? The only thing that happens is that middle or lower class bares the burden of this tax through indirect means. This works well for politicians and partisans who are trying push a perspective but in the real world this isnt the case.

        I also find it odd that so many people bash republicans for being wealthy, yet, wealth liberals like Mark Dayton hide their money in other low tax states to avoid paying their “fair share.” Dayton, Kennedy, Pelosi, John Kerry, – you can find plenty of liberals who have no problem taking someone else’s money for redistribution but when it comes to theirs its a “hands off!” approach. Hypocrites.

      3. Tom says:

        Irv that is very true!

    2. Ole says:

      If you’re going to blame this tax increase on Governor Dayton, then you need to blame the mess we’re in on his predecessor, Pawlenty. Pawlenty was quite the leader to let this happen.

      1. ryan says:

        I 100% agree, Pawlenty shares some of the blame in this situation as well. I also put some of the blame on the democrat controlled legislature that Pawlenty had to deal with his entire 8 years in office who’s solution to every single problem was “tax increase.”

        Let’s drop the ideological nonsense. Bike paths cost money. Light rail costs money. MNCare costs money. Government services cost money. We have to live in a society to where many people in the welfare state cant tell you where their welfare checks come from……and we have people who are told and BELIEVE that government services/goods are “free” because their politician tells them so.

        The problems in this state lie way beyond partisan ideology. Its goes towards a fundamental disconnect on what people think the government is and what it is not. If you want government services/goods then you should be prepared to PAY for them. This has not been the case for quite some time. Both parties do this. Republicans are suckers for corporate welfare and the incorrect notion that theres no such thing as a bad tax cut. Democrats try very hard to ignore the dependency issues the Welfare state has created – they also have a hard time understanding that money doesnt grow on trees.

      2. Tom says:


        That is very true 2. Republicans have pretty much told us that they are willing too keep cutting spending and higher deficits (which has happend the last few years) just so they can protect the top 5 percent because they still believe that the lower taxes will lead too more jobs down the road and that will happen whether or not their is demand for that companies product or services.

        And I saw this in the Huffington Post last week where some consultant from a firm who said this notion out there that if a state lets say like MN that if they think that just lower taxes alone will bring business to their state are in their own little world. They take other things into consideration as well like the living areas, schooling, medical, etc. And at the rate that some schools have closed that isn’t a sellable proposition.

      3. DONNA says:

        ole I think Pawlenty was an idiot and he was for himself not the people of Mn. I say its good he is gone. he did more damage than good. and i think if he thinks he will make a good president i think he hasnt taken a good hard look at thimself in the mirror
        and also one thing i think we should have not just in MN but all over is the FLAT TAX– so everyone who makes money should pay the same percent of it depending on what there wages are.. and also i think the loopholes the rich take advantage of should be dropped. STRAIGHT FLAT TAX FOLKS NO DEDUCTIONS only take into consideration how many people are in your household. THATS THE ONLY FAIR WAY TO TREAT PEOPLE EQUAL!!

    3. william says:

      I really hope there is more to life for the people earning large sums that they would not go to some other state just to avoid paying taxes. They might be that shallow.

  2. Ron says:

    The 95 percent who are not going to get a tax hike will see one in another way… a new fee… property tax increases… additional taxes to breathe. We have all the lip service we can get when it comes to both political parties. What we need is a significant decrease in spending. The government is simply too large and that brings in corruption. We need to simplify tax code, remove fees and act like the people mean more than the government entity does. While we are at it, limit entitlements to 2 years and no more.

    1. ryan says:

      Isnt that the irony? Little to no spending cuts in Daytons plan. Where will the state get the money to fund this overbloated budget when some of these taxes sunset in 3 years? Again, this isn’t a solution. This is politics as usual. And I though Pawlenty was stupid……

    2. Anita Newhouse says:

      The people (voters and taxpayers, legislators, govt. workers, service providers and recipients, teachers, policemen and firemen, mailmen and women………….) ARE the government. Government exists to do a job or fulfil a need. If it’s too big, now, exactly what does it do that shouldn’t be done and what needs should/ do not need to be met?
      The fears flung around her about the 95% of Minnesotans who will not see a tax increase with the Dayton budget are completely baseless and cannot be shown in fact or history -they are SPIN and fiction of those afraid they are going to lose something. Fees and additional taxes only come about when revenue is “created” out of thin air , as in a shift or some other fake “solution”. Where is the corruption? Where is the voter fraud? Just saying it must be “out there” is hysteria.
      People do mean more than the government-you just are only talking of “your”people, myiopically, as if everyone else does nothing to contribute to your being here.

      1. STOP WASTING MY MONEY... says:

        Great questions, what does the government do that it shouldn’t?

        1. Education – There is no reason for government to be involved what so ever. I do agree with wealth re-distribution to spread the financial burden, but government shouldn’t be setting curriculum or standards, that should be done by parents and the community.

        2. Social programs -see above… The government doesn’t need to play this role as it’s extremely inefficient. Provide a voucher that allows those that need to attain the temporary services that they need to get back on their feet.

        3. Amtrak / Light Rail – if it was a good idea business would have already stepped in and done it to make a buck.

        4. Green anything – why is the government picking winners and losers? Look at the failure of ethanol, if government wouldn’t have gotten involved we would have never been burdened with a less efficient fuel that is raising the cost of food. On a side note, I’m not against green technologies, just let them stand on their own. I wish I was working on new battery technology because as soon as someone cracks that nut you will see more electric cars on the road, but on their own merit.

        I could go on and on, but I have a better question. What do you get for your money? In Minnesota an average citizen pays between state and federal taxes about 35%-40% tax rate. What do you get for that money and THINK about how much more you could do if you had that money in your pocket to spend and invest as you wish.

  3. Media Circus says:

    Explain to me your math Pat Kessler. If a married couple is taxed at 150K using today’s 7.85%, that equates to $11,775 in taxes. Under the prosposed 4th tier, that rate is 10.95% which equates to $16,425. My math shows me an increase of $4,650. Where are you getting $139?????

    Also, why not use less dated supporting material, basing that only 5% will be affected by this increase in 2011 by using 2006 statistics is.. well.. challenging at best.

    1. Jeff says:

      It’s a *marginal* tax rate increase. If you make $150,001 the first $150k is taxed exactly the same as before. It’s only the last dollar of taxable income that would be subject to the new tax rate. This hypothetical household would pay 3.1 cents per more in taxes.

    2. David Brauer says:

      The additional tax is only on the increment over $150,000 taxable. So only apply the additional 3.1 percent to that.

  4. Me says:

    Go back and read it again. Is $200,000 in the top 5%? No.

    1. Media Circus says:


      My reading comprehension is fine, apparently yours is lacking.

      This is from the “Daytons Budget Plan segment:

      “The Democratic governor’s plan would raise nearly $2.9 billion from the top 5 percent of taxpayers, including a new property tax on homes valued at more than $1 million”


      “Dayton campaigned on raising income taxes on the wealthy. His tax plan would impose a new fourth bracket of 10.95 percent for single filers making $85,000 and up in taxable income and couples who make more than $150,000. It tacks another 3 percent surtax on people with $500,000 or more in taxable income for the next three years, going beyond what he talked about as a candidate last year.”

  5. TH says:

    The wealthy have gotten a free ride for years. The rebubs say don’t tax businesses so they can create jobs. They have been making billions have still have not hired new employees. They also know how to hide their money and not pay their fair share. Some people act like the poor people want to be poor, which is ridiculous. Maybe the people who don’t want to help others out should be in the poor peoples shoes for one day and they would change their thought process.

    1. ryan says:

      1) Nobody is stopping you from donating your own money to the poor.

      2) Dayton is suggesting we follow the same failed models to help the “poor”. The welfare state is a failure. The only reason why it exists in its current state is because one major political party would fall apart if it did.

      3) It’s ironic that you talk about how people dont know what its like to be poor but yet you support a man, Mark Dayton, who has lived in a wealthy lifestyle. Ever wonder why “solutions” proposed by rich liberals like Dayton or Ted Kennedy never really fix anything? Think about it.

      4) Yes, wealthy individuals DO hide their money. But this isnt going to change under Dayton’s plan. The only thing that will change is that they might hide MORE of their money out-of-state (Just like Dayton has done, ironically).

      5) Define “fair share”. The top 5% pay for over 90% of the taxes paid in this state. Why dont you just be honest and admit that you dont want to pay for the services you are demanding from the government. Just admit you are a freeloader.

    2. Gorff says:

      Many of us have walked in those “shoes”, and that is what prompted us to jump into a new pair of “shoes”. In my experience people do their best when every thing is taken away, and they have to step up. Put a pizza down in front of a over weight person playing video games and tell them the rest of the family is at the dinner table eating salad and grilled chicken…….guess what they are going to do???????? TAKE THE PIZZA AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. ryan says:

    Has Dayton or the democrats that support these tax increases actually look at states that have already adopted this kind of strategy to budget fixing to see if it actually solves the problem in the long term? In most cases – the answer is no. Additionally, this article doesnt even touch on the fact that there’s so many tax shelters and tax deferment vehicles out there that will allow many wealthy individuals to fall below the $150,000 threshold. For example, on the federal level – there’s quite a bit of millionaires that pay little to no taxes because they can “game” our ridiculous tax code.

    Get ready for when next year there’s a report thats released that states that Dayton’s “tax the rich” proposal doesnt bring in nearly as much as projected. And guess who’s next in the crosshairs of liberals “tax and spend” strategy? The middle and lower class – the same folks that indirectly pay for the cost of Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and any other program that politicians try to make the “rich” pay for…..yet….the programs remain insolvent due to lack of revenue.

    Government services cost money. The creation of jobs need investment. Its unfortunate that there’s a group of people out there who really believe that you can get “something for free” and that jobs are created by those who are on government assistance.

    Wake up.

  7. Deb says:

    I hope every person that runs down folks hard on their luck, and not being lazy runs into the same troubles they did that put them in that situation!! Not every person getting help falls into the catagory of lazy!! Some are there because of health bills, some got laid off and have been looking for more than a year for work! Just because you have degree in something does not mean you get the job! Sometimes over qualified loses you the job!! As far as those that are successful… great, congrats, but you too can fall!! If I were making millions I would bailing out the city where I lived! Charity begins at home! Besides it’s a tax deduction, right?? Doesn’t matter what the Governor does…. someone is gonna be mad!! So if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!!!!!!!

    1. ryan says:

      Before the class warfare political strategy was used to easily dupe uneducated adults – the “rich” did donate a lot of their money to bail out their cities. There IS a historical record of this, but as the welfare state has grown……and as the “rich” became easy targets for politicians who really have no understanding of what they are talking about…..the “rich” took their money and decided that why should they invest in a society that demonizes them for problems, in many cases, they weren’t even directly responsible for!

      Its the same reason why many middle class folks wont give to charity. There’s so many taxes out there that they feel that “Well, arent my taxes going towards something like this since they are so high”……….this is the elephant in the room.

      Yes, no matter what you do there will be people that are mad. But why does society cater to the minority when the majority consistently says that government is too big? Its time the vocal minority is ignored.

  8. jim says:

    Tax his land,
    Tax his wage,
    Tax his bed in which he lays.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes is the rule.

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirts,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he tries to think.

    Tax his booze,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries,
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his bills,
    Tax his gas,
    Tax his notes,

    Tax his cash.

    Tax him good and let him know
    That after taxes, he has no dough.

    If he hollers,
    Tax him more,
    Tax him until he’s good and sore.

    Tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in which he lays.

    Put these words upon his tomb,
    “Taxes drove me to my doom!”

    And when he’s gone,
    We won’t relax,
    We’ll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL License Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
    IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),

    Liquor Tax,
    Luxury Tax,
    Marriage License Tax,
    Medicare Tax,
    Property Tax,
    Real Estate Tax,
    Service charge taxes,
    Social Security Tax,
    Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
    Sales Taxes,

    Recreational Vehicle Tax,
    School Tax,
    State Income Tax,
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,

    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
    TelephoneStateand Local Tax,
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
    Utility Tax,
    Vehicle License Registration Tax,

    Vehicle Sales Tax,
    Watercraft Registration Tax,
    Well Permit Tax,
    Workers Compensation Tax.

    COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago
    And there was prosperity, absolutely no national debt,
    The largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed
    Home to raise the kids.

    What the hell happened??

    1. ryan says:

      And Im sure a good portion of this taxes were supposed to sunset after 1-2 years of being in place? Just like what Dayton is proposing here.

      You have got to be in fantasyland if you think any of the taxes proposed by Dayton are actually going to sunset. They are here to stay – forever.

    2. cole says:

      That is a point well stated!!!!! Can we reprint?

    3. Linda says:

      what happened was daddy couldn’t keep his little friend in his pants and mama had to many kids. No accountablity or responsibilty any more.

  9. JC says:

    Our Governor, President Obama and many of you still do not get it. The people are angry. They spoke loudly and clearly in our last election. We cannot and will not continue to give away money we do not have. Just sit back and watch. It is about to begin-

  10. Deb says:

    money talks, and guess what… those that think as you do, ryan are… selfish and need to grow a heart! I am neither poor, or rich, but I know when politcians are bought, and by the way… most of them are well-off, are you?? That would explain your comments. Probably your party too! I still say, start at the top.. because if they can afford to be extravagant they can afford higher taxes!

    1. ryan says:

      Deb, you do understand that the logic in your statement means that I have a right to your money? But Im sure that goes right over your head.

      I find it ironic that you are calling me selfish, yet, you are demanding that you have the right to spend someone else’s money that not only did you not earn….but from somebody you have never met! Please, look up the word “selfish” before you use it to explain your position because it appears you think that a word is solely defined within the context in which its used. Rich liberals hide their money just as much as rich republicans do – the sad thing is that you are so blinded by partisan hatred that you cant see this.

      Unfortunately for you, I am in the middle class but if it makes you feel better to justify your own selfish ambitions by equating those that support equal opportunity than go ahead – but it doesnt solve anything. And neither does taxing the rich.

    2. Society is not government… says:

      Deb, Society isn’t government, your premises is logical, but inaccurate. I and many others give a lot of money and would be happy to give more, but the government is coming in taking the money and putting it into their programs that they want to win. Gun to the head no choice of the citizens.

      I want less government because I want to choose where my money goes, not some trust fund baby that has never worked in his life.

  11. Fluffy McGivens says:

    “Here’s what you NEED TO KNOW. Almost no one pays income tax on their entire salary. The tax is on income after deductions.”

    Gee wiz really. This isn’t even an argument. They are quoting common knowledge in this article like its some sort of secret thing that anti-taxers are hiding from others.

    How about these:

    “Your tire is flat? Here’s what you need to know. A tire is filled with air.”

    “Is it raining out? Here’s what you need to know. Rain is made of water, which is something you drink.”

    That’s some killer fact checking that is.

  12. Sandy says:

    Interesting that those that have worked hard and continue get taxed on everything under the sun and then some. So yes, everyone helps, yes we are all taxed, interesting though that some feel because you have, you deserve to pay even more. We all have our own bills, kids to put thru school. It is the land of opportunity. Go make something of yourself too then see how you feel about someone constantly sticking their hands out for YOUR hard work.

  13. Tapio Kinski says:

    They did this to us, let them pay for it.

  14. Jon says:

    Rich versus poor, great topic people! We’re really going to solve the deficit this way. Dayton,o’bama didn’t create this mess,there trying to solve it. We gave bush, t-paw 8yrs

  15. jon says:

    It will never pass with the pubs controlling congress but it is a good starting point.

  16. wrkngfam says:

    I agree. This is a very important starting point. Taxing the wealthy will only increase the selfishness of a few (and some probably understand that this would help them). Meanwhile, it will make an enormous difference to the regular folks (and the wealthy!) who drive on roads, send kids to schools, use public libraries, and enjoy having police offices and firefighters available when we need them. O

  17. Matt says:

    It’s the spending stupid…

    What really annoys me is that this isn’t about taxes it’s never about taxes it’s about spending. Mark Dayton is to weak to stand up to a majority and reign in spending that is out of control. Instead he has to use class warfare/mob rule to punish the minority to “close the budget gap”

    No, if I don’t have enough money this month to pay bills I cut the spending stupid, I don’t go out and charge it or steal it.

    Government across the board is out of control, they take our money for their pet projects to get themselves re-elected.

  18. Anita Newhouse says:

    Hey anxious, scared, raging naysayers! Lower and middle income folks have had their individual Risk (job loss, lack of healthcare, lack of housing, , etc.) exploited by those with less Risk for 20 plus years. They have no more Means or Risk to give you at your stores, banks, insurance companies, clinics or webites. Put some money back into the system so everyone can get back to prosperity. Are you going to start exploiting each other when the rest of us have no more RIsk or Means to give you? The governor is in essence saying “Put up or Shut” you fools.

    1. STOP WASTING MY MONEY... says:

      PLEASE explain to me how government can create prosperity? Please give me ONE example?

      Government can’t create anything, all it can do is redistribute. So more accurately you should say, please wealthy people pay into the system so it can be redistributed to the rest of us. I just wanted to make sure you were accurate.

      1. Anita Newhouse says:

        Did you possibly receive financial aid to go to college? Do you possibly have an FDIC insured bank account? Do you or relatives live in a flood plane and have flood insurance? Have you ever been helped by the SBA or FEMA? How’s your drinking water compared to that in say, Mexico or even Canada? Do you have any relatives on Social Security or Medicare? I bet that road you drove to work or ? on this morning was alot better that taking sidestreets. Do you sleep better knowing that the SEC learned something from the Bernie Madoff affair and might better protect your investments? Is there a person on the other end of the line when you call to get information from an agency? Have you enjoyed a public park or trail for a run/bike ride lately? Have your ever needed to call the fire department/ police to help you resolve a problem? Do you like to have your street/road plawed after it snows a foot? Is having your mail come to your house convenient? What would happen if all the traffic lights went out? The National Guard can be really helpful during natural disaters. The person you hired at your company used to do a different job but was retrained specifically to fulfill your needs quickly so you didn’t have to train them or spend alot of time searching for them. If you lost your job due to no fault of your own, could your still feed your family?
        And if it turns out that none of this applies to you, how could you or your business prosper (ie sell things, make things, find customers, etc) if others did not have these needs met? It’s not rocket science. An individual’s actual MEANS (not asset worth) is what they can DO with it. Having all the money in the world won’t give you more MEANS if you destroy all opportunity in the market place. Government is the charter that provides for the continuation of progress-in business as well as in civics.

      2. STOP WASTING MY MONEY... says:

        What is funny Annita, is your assumption that if the government didn’t do those things they just wouldn’t happen.

        The reason we rely on the government is because they have carved out monopolies for themselves in the name of common good.

        I will say that contrary to a pure libertarian, there is a place for government in a limited fashion and specifically through user fee funded programs like the roads which are funding almost entirely by the gas tax.

        But lets play…

        Financial Aid for college – yes, but it barely offset the money I kicked in working full time and student loans.

        FDIC – absolutely and one of the ONLY good programs from the new deal. What you missed is banks pay in to get FDIC insurance and if the FDIC wasn’t there customers would demand that banks have insurance in place before investing.

        SBA – FEMA – Nope

        Drinking Water – Last I checked my city charges me a user fee for the water I use? I’m OK with user fees, because I could opt out if I wanted to.

        Social Security – Absolutely I have family on it, that doesn’t mean it the right answer. If everyone invested the 15% of their salary with employee match there would be a LOT more wealth in the country.

        Roads – see above

        SEC – I do my own research when investing, as for the scam that’s why we have civil and criminal courts. Also since you called out Social Security, how is that ponzi scheme any different than Bernie’s?

        I’m getting board, so I’ll leave you with one last thought. If the government didn’t play the role of big brother for all, think of the thousands of tax dollars that you would have in your pocket to do with as you please. Government isn’t the answer to problems, it’s a means of redistribution of wealth which in a limited sense is OK. It’s when government tries to answer every problem that we have problems.

      3. Anits Newhouse says:

        On your last thought below: Government is never a solution to a problem- no one has ever said it is except those who claim the contrary. Government is simply a player in the process (as is industry, education, business, health care, etc.) of citizens going about the work of building their lives. Government is the collective efforts of individuals who need the “full force and credit” to address shared needs expediently. In that government is Means and not End, one could say it redistributes as a Means of addressing shared needs.

        Lastly, the foundational tenet of the discipline of Economics is that we are (all) selfish by nature. Just as there will always be those people who exploit and scam the government (taxpayers/voters) for services, there will always be individuals who defraud and victimize the citizenry-all in rampant self-interest. Rather than picking “winners and losers” government has the duty to address shared interest. David Brooks recently wrote that much vitriol eminates from a trend toward rampant self interest in lieu of civic (shared) interest.

  19. Deb says:

    ryan, sorry obviously my comments went OVER YOUR HEAD! Take your blinders off! You read into what people say because you are Republican (I AM guessing, just from your words… sorry) and run with such silly nonsense as Obama is not American. Well this is like talking to a brick wall! All I am saying is, start at the top to cut spending… I am tired of people that think just because they have a degree in something they have more rights as anyone else! When you cut the bottom of a tree off, it’s gonna fall.

    1. Mossy says:

      poor Deb no degree (like that’s anyones fault but her own) and how many kids??

      1. STOP WASTING MY MONEY... says:

        Mossy, didn’t you know that the government has to pay for you if you want to get a degree. You can’t get a job and take out loans to get yourself through college.

        Also, hard work doesn’t help you get ahead. More government does.


  20. Melissa says:

    Oh boy. After reading all the comments I am seeing that we all filter information through our individual worldview. It’s very difficult to see beyond ourselves. So, lets replicate those states that are successful and prosperous, and lets learn from the mistakes of others. I don’t see a lot of prosperity coming from the states that have been taxed up the wazoo. It’s time to get creative and rethink funding for programs that don’t work. Either cut those programs, or fix them. I’m tired of watching our taxes go down the drain and producing absolutely nothing!

  21. Deb says:

    Sorry your wrong Mossy! Haaaa more guessing. I own my own business and have for 30 years. I have two beautiful children, thanks!

  22. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    I did not see any of you say anything about the “trickle down system” that was put in place that gave money back to the top rich in America. This was said to have created jobs because the rich would filter this down and give it to the “not so rich” (or have nothings or lazy as republicans like to call them) would be able to get a dollar a day so to speak. This NEVER happened and they just kept the money. So all you people that are crying about this kind of tax should STFU and open your dam eyes. This is just getting back what they stole anyway. They were supposed to use that money to make new jobs and if they don’t want to do that they should have to give the money back in another way, A TAX! By the way, I find it funny that this would even be something that people are crying about as this affects only 5% of the people and I am sure that not all 5% are wasting time putting thoughts down on WCCO blogs. Keep it up though, when the people are fighting the people, the government has time to walk in the shadows with no lights being turned on them.

  23. giddykiwi says:

    People seem to forget that when a millionaire has to pay $37,000 in taxes, they can still pay their bills and, you know, eat food and stuff. When people with REGULAR incomes or–GASP!–someone living at or below the poverty line get taxed more, they face eviction, starvation, and homelessness. The sickening GREED of the wealthier people in this state is jaw-dropping.

  24. JrC says:

    I don’t understand why when we work so hard to get ahead, finally begin to see financial rewards, that we need to be punished? We may be doing well now, but we haven’t always made as much as we are now. We have a child with a genetic disorder with many surgeries, 3 children we would like to help put through college. We work hard to try to provide for our family. We are doing well now, we are not among the wealthiest of Minnesotans. Why cant we all put in our fair share? And why Does the Dayton family have so much money in South Dakota? I guess he doesn’t want to pay the taxes here in Minnesota! Get ready for Businesses to move!

  25. Spend $ to Make $ says:

    Of course we need to cut government spending. Oh, but we can’t cut the part that goes to pay for a new Vikings stadium. Or updating Target Center. Or building a new stadium for the Saints. Or the Wolves. Or the ……. Oh, not any of those projects because they will pay for themselves in increased revenue. That’s how it works, right? It takes government spending to increase tax revenue. Oh yeah, and we may as well start putting money aside for the next Twins stadium too …. we’ll have the latest one paid for in 30 years or so. I still thank Pawlenty for that one.

    1. JrC says:

      Exactly! Seriously? I understand that they think we need a new stadium. My house is getting a little old too.. So i will make the necessary improvements, until i choose to or need to move. Oh, only if I can afford to. I am not going to ask my friends and family to give me their money so I can have a newer better house. Those who are getting taxed are the ones who can afford to buy the tickets to those events anyway. I guess we won’t be able to now. So who will be going to those games now?

  26. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    OK I see a lot of people saying Dayton has money in the Dakota’s and he is trying to dodge the taxes in MN. You people need to pull your heads out of your butts and read the whole story, not just the part of his bank account is in the Dakota’s. Any of you cry babies know what a BLIND TRUST FUND IS????? He has no control of it except for the money that is given to him on an annual basis. Do some leg work before you start bashing someone for something they legally cannot do anything about. The blind leading the blind on blogs.

    1. Matt says:

      Yes, it means that our Governor has never wanted for anything in his entire life because of the hard work his grandfather did. This obviously makes him a logical candidate for running a state.

      I am still shocked he is representing us, it’s quite unfortunate.

  27. Gov Prozac At The Helm says:

    I’m with you Matt. Governor Prozac wasn’t even allowed to continue working for the family business – he got one summer and was asked to move on. No one can verify his claimed employment for two years as a teacher in NY and he’s never held a real job in his life. People in MN apparently had amnesia about his disastrous single senate term so they let him buy his latest job as Governor. He has about as much leadership experience as Obama, who, by the way, never even had as much experience as a newspaper carrier.

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