Provide a better alternative

To the editor:

Recent articles have discussed the governor’s proposals to close tax loopholes for higher income earners and broaden the state’s sales tax to include previously untaxed services like haircuts and gym memberships.

Critics have protested that his proposals shouldn’t include items that make us healthier.

And while there’s no overt criticism of his proposals to close loopholes, no great support has come from critics who want to endear themselves to wealthier taxpayers anyway. Meantime the governor counsels critics to provide better options to reduce the deficit.

This, unfortunately, has been lacking from those who disparage the governor’s ideas. I, for one, admire the governor’s mettle, in being willing to close the revenue gap. It’s easy to sit by and take potshots without providing alternatives.

For too long, wealthy taxpayers say they should be able to continue to pay a lower overall rate of tax, as documented in the Revenue Department’s Tax Incidence Study.

They proudly claim the title bestowed on them by George W. Bush of “job-creators.” But many of them have been more than willing to use tax incentives to move jobs overseas.

I think it’s time to promote fairness and close some of those loopholes. To those who howl that hurts local industry, I express my doubt. It didn’t hurt us in the bullish ’90s, when we had relatively full employment. Let those who criticize the governor’s ideas provide better alternatives.

Nancy Hall
Burnsville

  • TAXPAYER28

    I love the fairness doctrine argument, it’s so subjective. Is it fair to have ones production stollen by an angry mob? Apparently so. Until we as a society come to realize that our US consitution is incompatable with redistribution we will only be forced to a totalitarian end. The real fairness should be every citizen is responsible for the same amount of funding to the government and only recieves the same amount of what ever the goverment is being called upon to supply.
    Anything more is just plan theft.

  • Rosie from Rosemount

    I don’t recall Ms. Hall writing how she admired the previous legislature’s mettle for closing the budget gap. And let’s not forget the Governor is using the same method as the previous legislature with regards to pushing out the date that school districts receive state funding. The previous Republican legislature was labeled as insincere and the school funding plam was widely claimed as a hurtful gimmick. Now Gov. Dayton proposes the same thing and the same people admire his mettle. The DFL poisoned the well, and smart voters are not drinking from it. Ms. Hal, can you say, “hypocrite?”

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