Democrats’ Favorite Day of the Year
This year, you can thank Governor Dayton and Minnesota Democrats for higher taxes.
Democrats raised taxes by $2.1 Billion in 2013, expanding government spending by 11%. In addition Gov. Dayton promised to raise taxes on the top 2%, but the majority of Democrat taxes fell onto low and middle class Minnesotans.
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Political Gimmicks and Agency Reports
The official Department of Revenue report (Click here for Full Report) shows property taxes in Minnesota are INCREASING …
+ 1.2% for counties
+ 1.6% for cities
+ 2.0% for towns
+ 1.7% for counties
+ 1.2% for special districts
In fact, 2014 is poised to report the highest property tax levy in Minnesota history, rising $125 million or 1.5% in total statewide. (Click here for the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
Only 1 out of 7 cities, counties and townships lowered property taxes, and almost half of all school districts raised property taxes.
- 74 out of 87 counties either raised property taxes or kept them flat (85%).
- 731 out of 853 cities either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
- 1646 out of 1911 townships either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
- 151 out of 331 school districts either raised property taxes or kept them flat (46%).
Democrats created some slick messaging and reporting to convince the public of their property tax “reduction”.
1. They refer to property tax reductions for certain types of properties only, while forgetting to mention that 8 out of 12 property types increased. (Click here for the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
3. They requested a “Simulation Report” from the Department of Revenue to show property taxes collected by local governments minus the estimated state credits that are projected to be claimed. In the arcane world of state agency reporting, the distinction of a “Simulation Report” is important. Rather than relying on the actual reported property tax levies from local governments in the traditional state agency report formats included above, Democrats needed a one-off simulated scenario relying on projections of state credits to create a scenario they could present to the public to show a “reduction” in property taxes. And they included in the state credits an offset of the estimated renters credit, which does not go the actual property tax payer.
Gov. Dayton and the Democrats made a promise they could not keep.
They passed significant funding increases to local governments in their budget last year, promising it would lower taxes. Then they doubled down in a July 30, 2013 press conference where they promised property taxes would go down $121 million. And even using their own “new” math by simulating projected estimates of state credits, they were $113 million off of their July promise. And all that after spending $292 million on local governments to achieve it.
In contrast, the Republican budget produced a better result for property taxpayers in 2013. Despite DFL attempts to buy down property taxes in 2014, the statewide property tax levy actually increased $4 million more than under the Republican’s budget in 2013.
Republicans know that property taxes are controlled at the local level by city councils, county commissioners and school boards. Controlling local government spending and making sure that those local spending decisions are transparent to taxpayers is the solution.
They should be…
Feminists do it best….
The only senators to vote against the bill were Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
Well it is the party of Death for a reason…
And these Humanists are doing what? To help starving kids…what?
Ever notice how that seems to be the leftists way?
They are not registering their legally bought guns!!
Even though we made it illegal by passing knee jerk, dumb ass laws!!
I hope they continue to refuse to submit to tyranny..
The U.S. Debt, not including unfunded liabilities, is over $17 trillion dollars. The sociopaths who are driving the titanic will be arguing over raising the debt ceiling again. If we look back to September of 2011, which was the last loud debt-ceiling argument, gold rose 21% in a period of three months while politicians caused a major corrosion of confidence in our leaders. When governments are broke, everything is fair game.
Government officials are parasites; they don’t produce anything. They only feed off of those who do. As one person said, the fatter the government, the skinner the people. And when government officials cannot meet their obligations or fulfill the promises they made to the public, they’ll figure out ways to appropriate the public’s money to fund their projects. Government officials don’t produce wealth; they only redistribute your wealth. Desperate government officials will always resort to expropriation, which is outright confiscation.
If the Federal Reserve is currently buying 90% of the U.S. Treasury market and they are going insolvent, who do you think the government will lean on to pick up the slack? The answer is YOU. Ten thousand Baby Boomers will turn 65 years-old every day until 2030. And while the government has a debt problem of $17 trillion, not so coincidentally, our country’s IRAs, 401Ks and retirement accounts amount to that same number: $17 trillion. What a convenient resource for the Federal Government.
So here’s the plan: The government will nationalize retirement accounts like IRAs, 401Ks, pensions, 403Bs, etc. so that you will be forced to use a portion of your retirement wealth to purchase U.S. government debt – debt that will ultimately default, as it is not possible to sustain our astronomical debt nor the deficits that create it.
Plan to Nationalize Private 401K and IRA Retirement Accounts
If you do some research on US Bill “HB5337,” you will find the plan to nationalize retirement wealth. On May 6, 2012 Lauren Schmitz, a research analyst at the Bernard L Schwartz Center for Economic Analyst (SCEPA), introduced HB5337. This 401(k)/IRA de-privatization is the brainchild of Teresa Ghilarducci, whom through funding from the White House and the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations engineered a new “Regulatory & Tax Incentive.” The purpose is to force Americans to convert their Retirement Accounts into Government Managed accounts.
This plan to nationalize private 401K and IRA retirement accounts is being deceptively publicized as the government protecting the public against business failings or state bankruptcies. Your cash, your retirement funds, your bank deposits and your investments are at huge risk of being confiscated by the government through some contrived reason or another.
Democrat Senate Caucus Fine Due Today
Tip of the Iceberg
Unfortunately, this fine is only the tip of the iceberg when compared to the millions and millions being funneled into Democrat campaigns from wealthy out-of-state donors and Minnesota’s large government unions, reported in an article by the Star Tribune.