By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Minnesota gubernatorial candidate for the Republican Party, Tom Emmer, says the governor needs to get off the “tax the rich” bandwagon and work with the legislature.

“You’ve got a legislature that frankly has done its best to try to work with him. They put out an offer, which I believe is a best, first, and last compromise offer,” he said.

WCCO’s John Williams Interviews Tom Emmer

Emmer told WCCO’s John Williams that he wrote an op-ed piece in the Star Tribune to encourage those involved to get past partisan rhetoric and solve the budget deficit.

Emmer praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a democrat, who said that the old way of solving the problem was to continue to raise taxes on people and that just can’t be done anymore.

The Governor’s office had no comment.

Comments (43)
  1. obmumies says:

    mark dayton = al franken = hairy reid = soros = fraud

    1. Amanda says:

      Learn how to spell before you post something!

      1. tom says:

        regarless of the spelling, does the truth hurt you amanda

        1. Amanda says:

          No it does not… Because you need to get facts straight before you can speak.. what part of republicans are against the people, unless you are a rich CEO we don’t understand

  2. Swamp Rat says:

    New York is not Minnesota, Mr. Emmer! There are fewer people living here and the tax base is much smaller! When the nouveau riche pay the same percentage of state income taxation, per dollar, as someone who makes minimum wages something is wrong!

    Governor Dayton is trying to make that point to the tax break–massive budget cutting legislature. “Compromises” have to be made to quickly balance the budget, I wonder what Gov. Arne Carlson or Gov. Al Quie would suggest about balancing the budget? They went through recessions on a smaller scale but left the state in the balck ink side of the fiscal ledger.

    1. Ron says:

      If you consider the rich making $250,000 then they pay approx $9.10 per hour worked in MN income tax. A minimum wage worker pays .53 cents per hour. I think the “rich” are paying their share.
      Do rich people use more services than the poor? I dont think so. Cant think of any goverment programs that write out checks to the rich every month.
      ther are not enough rich people in Minnesota to blance the budget. Time to cut spending!

      1. Just Me says:

        But the difference is in the cost of living. Gas, electric, water rates, etc aren’t decided by tax brackets.

      2. Jo says:

        I am still in favor of a straight 10 % tax on wages. No loopholes and no wiggle room for anyone. Every one should be paying their fair share. And it isn’t communism or socialism it’s what is right.

    2. tom says:

      want to balance the budget, cut out all entitlement programs, make the ghettos go to work

      1. Mike says:

        Problem is then they will start robbing everyone else. I know it sucks to support them but whats the plan to deal with them? I already sleep with a gun under my bed but are we going to pay more money to lock them up once the money train stops?

  3. th says:

    Emmer go back under the rock that you came from. You are just a sore loser and another TPAW which we don’t need.

  4. Middle class and proud says:

    Emmer – you lost. Go away. Minnesotans are sick of paying a higher percentage of their pay in taxes than Glenn Taylor, Wheelock Whitney, Adrian Peterson, Joe Mauer and the rest of the gazillionaires out there.

  5. shirley says:

    Emmer sounds like a poor looser! It’s time to buck up emmer , there’s a reason you didn’t get voted in. Of course your don’t want to hear anything about taxing the rich your a republican.

  6. Amanda says:

    Emmer, Pawlenty, Bachmann, all are the same… oh yeah I forgot they are all republicans!

    Please go away and stop trying to get your way, it is simple… you make more money, you pay more money! it only makes sense!

    1. Ron says:

      Obviously you didnt do well in mathmatics. You see when you make more money and pay a certain percentage towards taxes the more you make the more you pay in taxes. If they have legal deductions, dont try to crucify them. Get off your bandwagon and figure a way to cut spending.

        1. Amanda says:

          Sure, sure… I am sure you both are making big figures and that is why you are against it, and I did pretty good in mathematics, one of my strengths, but I am sick and tired of the government giving breaks to wealthy CEO, companies outsourcing jobs to other countries, and things like that! Problem is that people are followers and if they say one thing, they all believe it and never get to the bottom of the issue

      1. Amanda says:

        And you Ron, didn’t do good in grammar… learn how to spell before you post anything

  7. Sam says:

    “You’ve got a legislature that frankly has done its best to try to work with him. They put out an offer, which I believe is a best, first, and last compromise offer,”
    Mr. Emmer, perhaps you don’t realize what the word “compromise” means. It doesn’t mean that one side makes a decision, and the other side “compromises” by giving in to it. Neither is it working together if one side tries to dictate every facet of how to proceed.

  8. 23 says:

    govenor ventura pleaase come back!

  9. Schae says:

    Emmer needs to shut up and go away. He LOST the governor’s election. Who cares what his opinion is now? A lot of people sure don’t!

    1. Ron says:

      I guess you do as you took the time to read the article

  10. Pat says:

    Emmer, you lost=youi are a loser=be quiet!

    1. Real says:

      will you say that same thing to the whiners in Wisconsin who lost the last election

  11. getaclue says:

    You lost. No one cares what you think. And it doesn’t matter anyway. What a shock, you disagree with a democrat.

  12. Thomas D says:

    I voted for Tom —- yet now I am forced to wonder how lond before he gets over his bitterness and grows up. ???

  13. Vocallocal says:

    Quantitative Analysis – which is where the numbers derive – share much in common with a baseball players batting average. Do you balance your home budget by conducting a forecast based on a batting average statistic? The Minnesota legislature and legislatures throughout the nation make budget decisions based off of a batting average statistic.

    There is no difference between operating your home finances and the finances of the government. The government has GOT to operate on the actual employment / taxes generated and not on guessed income. To guess that jobs will be created – which is the baseball statistic – in order to create a budget is like banking on a bonus that is 6 months away for you to decide to not pay your rent for 2 months.

    Do you follow? This is democrat and republican parties as well as independents making decisions based on baseball statistics.

  14. I know numbers says:


    Top earners in Minnesota pay around 9% in Mn Income taxes.

    Middle class pays around 12%.

    What don’t YOU understand about math?

    1. Common Cents says:

      Where have i heard those numbers before? Oh yeah, a story about how the rich do pay less than the working class.

      1. Amanda says:

        And it is true… but people don’t see it, just because politicians do good on informing people… of course only what they want you to know

  15. M says:

    How about some fiscal responsibility here? Emmer (loser…no new taxes) , get accustomed to the people with money paying some more and lets get the rich off welfare. Dayton (nice guy?), why tax us for billionaire’s stadiums, transportation “economic development” projects we don’t need…stop spending on dumb things.

  16. Cache says:

    I heard someone say Markie Dayton has lost has marbles…I think they are wrong…he has one and it is rattling around in his thick skull! All this state has to do is freeze the budget and go back to the last biennium levels and the $5 Bill short fall will go away…what??!?!?!?

    1. Me says:

      Well, now, it WAS a $6 billion dollar shortfall when he took office. I’d say he’s making progress.

  17. Sardine says:


    Why stop at 7 kids? Have a few more to eat resources, underfund schools and overcrowd classrooms!!

    It’s called birth control. and by the way, as a pro-lifer, how many of your kids are adopted? None. Big surprise.

    1. Mike says:

      This is why we need to keep abortion available. I am happy to fund abortions or plan B to the losers who get pregnant

  18. Pavel says:

    Since the income gap between wealthy and minimum wage employees has been getting greater for the past 12 years, it is obvious the wealthy need to contribute a larger share.

    Interesting that no one considers the fact that most wealthy taxpayers use all the loopholes to avoid their “fair share” of taxes.

    1. gtV says:

      Finally, someone with the proper perspective on the MN income tax saying the facts in the simplest way possible. Right, on Pavel!

      Using “all” the available loopholes to avoid paying the max in taxes seems to be the norm for those with the big greens. The average Joe or Susie six-pack wage earner can’t even come close to such. That is why we need “fair” tax reform to equalize the tax system and have a proper tax revenue flowing into the state treasury. Once the state has an equitable tax revenue stream coming in the next step is to reform the way the state spends its money.

      Budget cutting is the next step. one way but reformation of state employment benefits like medical and retirement; reformation of entitlement services, like welfare, healthcare, and related services; and, reformation of the state economic budget balancing process can save $millions of dollars.

      Also, the state can establish a capital reserve fund[rainy day/disaster] with a balance of, say, a billion plus dollars to avoid short falls or disasters. Not to be touched unless a major catastrophic occurrence deems such.

      The state can be fiscally frugal and progressive with its budget. Doing so will foster growth in many economic areas and make this state a model for prosperity. But, it will take forethought with intelligent hard work to realistically and politically attain such an feat. Along the way, the melding of constructive ideas, politically compromise, and creative vision should come together for the benefit of all Minnesotans.

      For the present, all Minnesotans including all economic classes and elected officials must think beyond the confines of their person selfish thought boxes to the future. The present economic conditions will subside if we all pull together for the common good. That’s the American Way. It works.

    2. SO SAD!!!! says:

      Including putting money in their children/grandchilrens’ names to avoid paying higher taxes.

  19. Chrissy says:

    What is the definition of rich? Mark Dayton’s is a married couple making $150,000 per year or more. That is not “rich” by today’s standards, especially if you are raising kids that you want to put through college.

  20. ucan'tfoolme says:

    Who is this Amanda ignoramous?? She ctiticizes a guy for “bad grammer” (actually it’s usage we’re talking about here!) But then reveals she doesn’t know the difference between “good” and “well”. Go back to your government school, Amanda! If you’d been home schooled you may have learned something other than government will take care of me from conception (unless they paid to abort you) to burial. The idea you liberals have that we have to take care of the “less fortunate” loses its impact when those less fortunate have more TVs and cell phones, hardly necessities, than many of the working stiffs out there. Just a note about illegal immigrants—Yes, many of them do work, use illegal S.S. cards, pay little or no taxes and then, here’s the kicker,their wives get themselves on the welfare rolls! And we aren’t allowed to check that problem out—-right to privacy, you know! Don’t say I don’t know what I’m talking abut. I’ve been good friends with illegals who brag about the methods they use to game the system. More power to them–their liberal friends pass the laws that allow them to do it. They’re entrepteneurs and our country was built by those who can make something out of nothing. The liberals, however, want to get something for nothing. There’s a big difference!

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