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David Brauer

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 02/21/13 at 12:04 pm in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

Klingensmith's point is that is IS a revenue tax, on the value of the ad placed with the paper (in other words, its revenue or income. Your photo example is something different - a true sales-taxable expense - and by the way, many of those Strib purchases will remain tax-exempt, Frans says.

I've added a sentence to the relevant paragraph above to try to make Klingensmith's point clearer. Thanks for the comment.

Posted on 02/21/13 at 12:06 pm in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

Andrew -- actually, James Davidson at the Ad Coalition spoke favorably of Europe's VAT, partly for the reason you describe.

Posted on 02/22/13 at 10:55 am in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

David, I think the argument is that you should pay sales taxes on the product, but not sales taxes on the sales taxes (i.e., the business input sold to help make the product).

Of course, plenty of business inputs (products) are sales-taxed right now so you could say why not extend the same pyramiding allowance to services?

It's also worth noting we have double-taxation in many other realms - it's a frequent argument by corporate tax opponents (who argue all taxes should be paid...

Posted on 02/07/13 at 07:22 pm in response to Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when

Sheehan, that is.

Posted on 02/07/13 at 07:25 pm in response to Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when

How the media shapes news (and how players shape the media) is central to this blog. I think this is a particularly revealing case study in how that actually happened. It helped lead to the downfall of two legislative powers, and arguably helped change the party in legislative power.

Posted on 01/22/13 at 10:28 am in response to Return to the U: The Confession

Mark, it's not a vocational move, for the most part (more a karmic one) but your point is the subject of a future post ... Have thought about this issue a lot, want to see what this experience adds to my beliefs.

Posted on 01/22/13 at 10:45 am in response to Return to the U: The Confession

Mike, also subject of a future column, but I already have enough credits for a political science degree already, so it's electives ... Writing and social studies.

Posted on 12/18/12 at 02:25 pm in response to Fighting for relevance, 1500 ESPN shuffles lineup

... And it's a fair criticism, so let me clarify.

First, you're right: Dan is more than a schlockmeister. I'm not quite as big a fan of his non-sports interviews as you, but he's an experienced journalist and often applies those skills well and clearly is interested in serious topics.

And yet. Dan is a genius at tapping his very legit outrage vein, and while a good percentage feels genuine, a not inconsiderable-portion feels forced, at least to this listener. Some things Dan...

Jody, haven't reported this extensively, but my understanding is that the building isn't currently Heritage Preservation Commission protected. Steve Brandt, a Strib reporter, has noted on the Minneapolis-Issues list that it could qualify for historic designation but that would only likely require a documentation of its features, not preservation. Apparently the HPC or city officials or the owner can nominate the building for such status.

I happened to run into another well-informed...

Posted on 12/07/12 at 06:33 pm in response to Minnesota news media: Who tops the Twitter 1,000

Hi Chuck - yeah, i made StatusPeople some fans today. I think it's valid to ask "how valid are these follower counts" but I didn't really delve into the question because a) building this thing took long enough and b) there's no tool I've really found that I trust. StatusPeople doesn't reveal its secret sauce -- search for the BuzzFeed check on them -- and Twitter (which like StatusPeople has a vested interest, just the opposite one) says it's impossible to truly measure fakes/inactives...