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Gov. Dayton’s tax ‘relief’

Anders Koskinen’s article on Gov. Dayton’s tax ‘relief’ bill is enlightening in that it proves that Gov. Dayton still hasn’t learned that sending money to cities and counties doesn’t shrink families’ tax burdens. It just adds to those cities’ and counties’ spending. The key part of Koskinen’s article is where he writes “the proposal ends […]

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Dorholt’s latest mailer

According to Zach Dorholt’s latest mailer, which is actually paid for by Dorholt’s campaign, “Zach shares our priorities.” It isn’t surprising that he’s making this claim. It’s surprising what he thinks are “our priorities.” Listed first on Dorholt’s priorities is that he’ll “invest in our schools in Central Minnesota from pre-K to college and bring […]

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Gov. Dayton’s pocket veto a reality

On Monday, I wrote this post to highlight Paul Thissen’s hypocrisy on a tax bill that got strong overwhelming bipartisan support in the Minnesota legislature. Monday night, Matt Swenson confirmed that Gov. Dayton won’t sign this year’s tax relief bill, saying Dayton “will not sign a tax bill that includes a $101 million error.” That’s […]

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Let’s identify the St. Paul problem

Patrick Condon’s article reads like it was written by Paul Thissen. It opens by saying “Minnesota Republicans, who seized control of the House two years ago on promises to cut taxes and boost road and bridge spending across the state, now could go zero for two on those priorities because of bad blood with DFL […]

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The Times’ dishonesty

The Times’ latest editorial reads more like DFL chanting points than an editorial that required original thought. Even the commenters noticed the Times’ dishonesty. What they noticed is that the Times said “As the final hours of the session ticked away, the House inserted into the omnibus tax bill a measure that gives about $32 […]

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That’s a first: Dayton reads bills?

Rachel Stassen-Berger’s article provides a little levity at a critical time. Ms. Stassen-Berger’s article opens by saying “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will spend his holiday weekend reviewing the minute details of the spending and tax bills the Legislature delivered for his signature as he decides their fate.” If that’s true, it will mark the first […]

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Next Chamber transportation sellout

This article suggests that the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is preparing to sell out the Republican Party on transportation … again. It’s telling that the reporter says that the “GOP’s traditional allies in the business community are joining DFLers in the push to include transit in a transportation funding package.” It’s as if the Chamber […]

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Trump’s what-ifs that never will be

This article features a Trump quote that isn’t attached to reality. Campaigning in Wisconsin earlier this week, Trump said “if we win Wisconsin, it’s going to be pretty much over.” The thing is that Sen. Cruz will win the Wisconsin primary with a fairly solid margin. Last night, Megyn Kelly asked conservative talk show host […]

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Thissen throws Bakk under DFL bus

Last night, Almanac did a segment previewing the Minnesota Legislature’s agenda. Included in that segment was video of a fight between Speaker Daudt and Rep. Thissen. It wasn’t a fair fight, which is why Rep. Thissen got his butt handed to him. Rep. Thissen said that “tons of controversial stuff were thrown into big bills […]

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Thissen’s transportation troubles

Rep. Paul Thissen specializes in hot partisan rhetoric. Unfortunately for Minnesotans, he’s a disaster when it comes to solving Minnesota’s biggest problems. Rep. Tim Kelly, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, called Thissen out on Thissen’s failure in this op-ed when he wrote “Do you recall Thissen’s ‘comprehensive transportation solution that truly fixes the […]

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Dayton’s transportation flip-flop

It isn’t shocking to find out that Gov. Dayton supports another middle class tax increase. When Gov. Dayton first ran for governor, he campaigned on making Minnesota’s’ tax system more progressive. It’s a promise he kept for the first half of his first term, thanks mostly to Republican majorities in the House and Senate. In […]

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Wolgamott visits Ox in the Afternoon

Dan Wolgamott visited with KNSI’s Dan Ochsner Wednesday afternoon. Wolgamott was the DFL-endorsed candidate against Rep. Tama Theis in 2014. Here’s a little historical information on that race. Rep. Theis won that election by 1,300 votes while garnering 55% of the vote. One of the topics discussed during the interview was transportation. Wolgamott lamented the […]

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Dorholt announces 2016 campaign

Zach Dorholt is back for another bite at the apple: Former state Rep. Zachary Dorholt announced Monday he will run for the Minnesota House District 14B seat. Dorholt was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, but was defeated by Rep. Jim Knoblach by a narrow margin in the 2014 election. The news isn’t […]

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Criticizing Dayton’s UPK solution

AJ Kern’s monthly column highlights shortcomings in Gov. Dayton’s universal pre-K proposal. Here’s one incredible statistic from Gov. Dayton’s own administration: We’ve gone from implementing a scholarship program targeting at-risk 4-year-olds in 2013, universal all-day kindergarten in 2014, to tantrum-level urgency to implement free universal preschool. Yet in 2013, the Minnesota Department of Education reported […]

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DFL deceit, Thissen edition

Rep. Paul Thissen, one of the slipperiest DFL operators in the House of Representatives, is at it again. Thissen’s statement is typical DFL tax cuts for the rich boilerplate: “Speaker Daudt said today that an additional $25 million for our kids was a “line in the sand” he would not cross. It is nearly beyond […]

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The night the gas tax died

The best news from the Capitol this weekend is that transportation conference committee members have given up on reaching a grand bargain: With a grand transportation compromise all but dead, lawmakers on Saturday moved to pass a so-called “lights-on” bill to fund the Department of Transportation next year. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis said that unless […]

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Huckabee announces; apathy reigns

This morning, Mike Huckabee announced that he’s running for president again. This famous movie line sums up my thoughts on Gov. Huckabee’s candidacy: I’m sure Gov. Huckabee has some supporters just like I’m certain that the number of supporters is dwindling. Another establishment candidate doesn’t change the dynamics of the race. HOPE, Ark. (AP) — […]

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Transportation philosophy

The DFL is opposed to not raising every Minnesotan’s taxes. The Dayton-DFL transportation plan would impose a tax increase on everyone who owns a vehicle. It would also impose a tax increase on everyone in the 7-county metro area via a sales tax increase. The 7-county sales tax increase is collected from anyone buying things […]

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Progressive Mark Dayton?

There’s no question that Gov. Dayton is a progressive. In 2010, he campaigned on the issue that Minnesota’s tax code wasn’t progressive enough. Immediately upon getting sworn in, he submitted a budget that raised income taxes. During the campaign, Gov. Dayton criticized Tom Horner’s cigarette tax for its regressivity. In 2013, Gov. Dayton signed a […]

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Transportation battle lines drawn

It didn’t take long for the DFL to define themselves on transportation: Then there’s Gov. Dayton’s fallback position on everything: “I say $6 billion and they say nothing?” a frustrated Dayton said last week during the press conference at which he made his “pure fantasy” remark about Republicans’ proposal. “This is not a beginning of […]

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