The SCBA's and MOB's own Gary Gross has written a letter to the editor in our local rag, that pretty much hits it square on the head:
Governor Pawlenty's proposed spending in Minnesota this year is actually going up by 9 percent; an increase that will supposedly be paid via the state's aforementioned over-taxation of its citizenry to the tune of two billion dollars.
Since the Minnesota Legislature reconvened three weeks ago, Democrats have proposed raising six forms of taxes:
» Raising the state gas tax by a dime a gallon.
» Raising license tab fees on newly purchased vehicles.
» Allowing counties to charge up to $20 annually for every car.
» Raising the sales tax by three-eighths of a cent.
» Raising the cigarette tax $1 to $1.20 per pack.
» Increasing property taxes by allowing school districts to levy local property owners for the full cost of running ice arenas, instead of the current limit of 90 percent of the cost.
Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL- St. Cloud and the assistant Senate majority leader, characterized the tax increases this way: "What we're putting forth in these first six bills, and others to follow, is a set of policy initiatives that aim to put Minnesota on a stable, sustainable long-term path for growth."
In other words, they're spending the state's $2.2 billion surplus while raising these taxes already and admitting that they're planning on spending a lot more money in the future.
To overtax citizens and not return the difference to the ones who produced that money is in and of itself unconscionable, and un-Republican. But even that's not enough for the likes of many liberals assclowns, including the usual suspects, who--face it--will never be happy, no matter how much money is frivolously drained from taxpayer wallets and family budgets.
A concept, of course, that remains lost on the crowd who are perfectly willing to let others' pay for a "better" Minnesota.