Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Wow, Governor Walz is a miracle worker. Despite having the entire state economy locked down for a year with no end in sight, his administration now forecasts a billion-dollar budget surplus. So that should end his call for higher taxes, right?
“But some DFL lawmakers want Walz to stand firm in his call for higher taxes on top earners, corporations and smokers. They say it’s about tax fairness and societal opportunity as much as a deficit fix.”
Hang on, there is no deficit, there’s a surplus, so that explanation makes no sense. And taxing top earners makes top earners flee the state; taxing corporations makes corporations flee the state; and smokers are overwhelmingly lower income people making that tax the most regressive of all of Walz’s proposals. Where’s the fairness in that?
Puts me in mind of the when Minnesota Democrat legislator Cy Thao accidentally spoke the truth: “When you guys win, you get to keep your money; when we win, we take your money.”
Not to mention that time Larry Pogemiller admitted he really believes government knows better what to do with your money than you do.