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DINNER AND CONVERSATION - TUESDAY APRIL 28
6pm Social * 6:30pm Dinner * 7pm Speaker

Speaker: David Strom, Senior Fellow, Center of the American Experiment

Strom.jpgHear how a Capitol insider expects the legislative session to wrap up
in the final two weeks with the inevitable wheeling and dealing
and backroom maneuvering

Will we spend or return the $2 billion surplus? 
Will we get a new sales tax on gasoline? An added metro sales tax for transit? 
How will it all come together at midnight, May 18?

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Did You Know . .  


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 . . . over the next two years the State of Minnesota will spend NOT the $42 billion general fund
budget you hear about in the headlines, but the $75 billion "all-funds" budget.  

Read about it here:  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/fiscal/files/12allfunds.pdf
and here:  http://www.mn.gov.mmb/images/16-17-CFS.pdf

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. . . according to the Tax Foundation, it took every penny of income made by Minnesotans from January 1 until April 29 last year to pay our share of federal, state and local taxes, fifth longest in the country, meaning we pay more in total taxes than 45 other states.

In addition, considering only the Minnesota taxes that most impact business--the income tax, corporate tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax and property tax--we rank 47th, meaning only three other states place a higher burden on business. 

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. . . our representatives in the state legislature, Paul Rosenthal and Ron Erhardt,
both voted against a bill in the House that allows districts to consider teacher
effectiveness as one of the factors to consider when layoffs are necessary.  
Current law only allows seniority to be considered.

 

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gasTax.jpg. . . our Democratic legislators, Rep. Ron Erhardt and Sen. Melisa Franzen, are sponsors of bills that would impose a sales tax on gasoline equal to at least 16 cents a gallon and increase the metro-area-only sales tax ½-cent for transit. That’s a total of $657 million in new taxes for us to pay every year. Is this the kind of representation you want for your family and our Edina-Bloomington community?


How about instead we dedicate taxes we already pay on car parts and repair to fixing our roads? Or bond for some of the cost? There are ways to do this without raising millions of dollars a year in new taxes.