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VIDEO: 2% vs the Rest of Us

June 02, 2011 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

It's time to move forward on the budget deficit and address fiscal policy fairly for all Minnesotans. Conservatives want to protect Minnesota's richest two percent while slashing services for the rest of the state to balance the budget. There's one flaw in their "no new taxes" theory, it will wind up pushing property taxes even higher for all Minnesotans.

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  • Nora says:

    June 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Love the video everyone. Really well done. I may use it as an example of ‘easy, simple, effective’ in one of my trainings. Go JVH!

  • Steve says:

    June 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Good, but I feel it’s only half the story. I feel it would have been more complete with “typical dollars” added to exemplify the differences.
    For (HYPOTHETICAL NUMBERS) example, the top 2% (single earners over $150K base and multi-earners over $200K base) would have to pay an additional $1500/each $50K over their base earned vs. an additional $80/$100K of property value for every home owner in MN. (If anyone knows the real numberss, I’d be interested to have the $$ in this hypothetical example clarified - and maybe others would also - thanks in advance.)

  • W. D. (Bill) Hamm says:

    June 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

    John, again your rhetoric falls very flat. I don’t know how you can justify supporting the arbitrary concept of “Lets add more taxes to the richest 2%”. If we had a fair tax system to begin with we wouldn’t be talking about attacking the top 2% we would increase everyones taxes equally to make up the difference. The lie behind this is that the DFL has held disproportionately more power in our legislature for years and has done nothing to give us a fair tax system. As for property taxes going up 5%, I am 100% for that increase because along with it is the return of local control of that money. Every dollar that comes to local government from other government entities above them comes with strings, local tax authority money does not. In effect what is happening here is a gradual return of local authority from the socialist efforts at centralizing control and power. Bravo!!!