April 9th, 2021
Quote of the Week: “There is nobody around who can say Northstar rail hasn’t been given a fair shot. Even on its best days, the numbers were horrible. Ridership is way down and the subsidy is far too high. So, I hope we can realize we gave it our best shot and it didn’t work and put those transit dollars to better use.”
Quote of the Week: "Man, I think most white people and Black people are great people, I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer."
Quote of the Week: “Senate Republicans are committed to no new taxes. Unfortunately, House Democrats are not. As Democrats look to increase taxes on your salary, your, gas, and a plethora of other things Senate Republicans will continue to fight to keep Minnesota affordable for you.”
In This Issue:
TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
There may have never been a worse time in modern Minnesota history to raise taxes, yet here they go again.
The DFL has not only proposed tax increases, they have gone completely bananas and proposed taxes that would be the highest in state history.
Tim Walz and company are making a game effort to compete with New York and California to be the highest taxed state in America.
The fact that Minnesota is lacking Wall Street, Broadway, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and an ocean has not dissuaded this merry band of liberal wack jobs from seeking out job-killing, punitive, confiscatory tax increases.
This is the response to businesses in the state getting hammered by the DFL COVID shutdowns that “the science” has proven were not needed.
Given the state’s budget surplus and billions in funny money flowing from the printing presses in DC, there is no legitimate public policy purpose for tax increases.
Instead, the justification is merely political, to punish the successful and play to their rabid base. This is a political base that despises achievement, denigrates free enterprise, and has a childish faith in the ability of government to solve problems.
Think about the fiscal situation.
The state is projected to have a $1.6 billion budget surplus, one of the largest in modern times.
Moreover, billions in aid is flowing into the state from the profligacy of Sleepy Joe Biden, who may or not be aware of all of this.
In short, the state is drowning in revenue.
Despite the windfall, the DFL tax orgy includes:
Thankfully, these tax increases are dead on arrival with the Senate GOP, which is, thankfully, the back stop against the DFL House majority and a DFL governor who is clearly in over his head.
The next week will see the legislature pass their “omnibus” budget bills through each house.
The week after will see conference committees begin to meet in an effort to hammer out differences.
The legislature, by the constitution, must adjourn no later than May 17th.
If any budget items remain unresolved, a special session would be needed to get things done.
The state’s fiscal year ends June 30th, meaning that any unresolved budget issues would mean a partial government shut down as there would be no funding.
You can bank on the Senate GOP refusing tax increases.
If Walz needs to be taken to a shut down to prove it, so be it.
Welcome to my web site!
I created this website in response to governmental waste and abuse in Anoka County.
Many taxpayers don’t know that our local governments spend millions of tax dollars every year on things like public relations teams, lobbyists, and junkets to places like Hawaii.
Since there seemed to be no place to turn for the “other side” of these issues, I created the Anoka County Watchdog. My intent is to create a one-stop-shop where concerned taxpayers can find fact-supported information and other resources to counter the governmental machine. Many people want to confront their elected officials regarding waste and abuse but feel they don’t have the information they need to make an effective argument. This web site offers that information.
Some of our elected officials in Anoka County have become arrogant and unresponsive, forgetting that they work for the very people who put them in office. It’s high time to hold them accountable for their decisions.
Harold E. Hamilton
US Mail: Anoka County Watchdog
C/O K Solutions LLC
3083 Victoria Street
Roseville, MN 55113
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