Skip to Content

Support MinnPost

Daren Cotter

Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Commenter for
1 year 26 weeks

Recent Comments

My desire to shop on Sunday doesn't prevent you and your family from achieving "quiet." Those who desire "quiet" on Sunday can still have it.

Posted on 04/05/13 at 11:20 am in response to Make Minnesota civilized again: Generate progressive revenues

First, Mitt Romney's effective tax rate is lower than yours because most of his income comes from dividends and capital gains, not because we don't have progressive taxation. To the contrary, ordinary income tax rates are extremely progressive, both federally and in the state of MN. We can certainly debate whether or not investment income should be taxed at lower rates (and there are very good reasons for doing so), but you shouldn't ignore the main reason Romney's effective tax rate is...

Posted on 04/03/13 at 04:40 pm in response to Dayton tax on rich would send Minnesota back near top of U.S. rankings

The rich pay 39.6% federal income tax and soon-to-be 9.8% MN state income tax (possibly as high as 11% according to some House DFLers) for a total of just under (or just over) 50%.

If this amount isn't "fair", then what amount is and will it ever be enough? Try this simple thought exercise...what if MN state income tax rate was raised to 15% -- does anyone believe Govt. wouldn't just increase spending up to (and then beyond) that level of revenue? And wouldn't everyone again start...

Posted on 04/03/13 at 04:50 pm in response to Dayton tax on rich would send Minnesota back near top of U.S. rankings

But why should the investment dollars come solely from the top 2% income earners? Why should their tax rates increase 25-40%* while everyone else pays the same?

Dayton's plan will increase top rate from 7.85% to 9.85% (25% increase). House DFLers plan will increase top rate from 7.85% to 11% (40% increase).

Posted on 03/01/13 at 11:59 am in response to Grover Norquist tells Minnesota DFL: Tax hikes no longer needed

Grover Norquist is not the issue here, though it's a nice diversion. (BTW, I am not defending him).

This is a perfect example of the Tax and Spend mentality. Dayton tells us we need to raise taxes to cover a budget shortfall. The budget shortfall is less than expected, so what do we do? Raise taxes the same amount anyway and find other ways to spend the extra revenue.

So it's clear we aren't raising taxes because we NEED the revenue...

Sarah, take a breath and read Hiram's comment again. What he said was:

"What I would tell management is no one goes to the orchestras, or listens to the orchestra in any format TO HEAR THEM"

As in, nobody goes to the orchestras to listen to management -- not that they don't go to the orchestras at all.

Too bad you stopped reading Terry, because you missed the entire point.

"WHAT I WOULD TELL MANAGEMENT IS no one goes to the orchestras, or listens to the orchestra in any format TO HEAR THEM"

Hiram's point was that nobody goes to the orchestras to listen TO MANAGEMENT.

Posted on 02/22/13 at 02:32 pm in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

Paul, you should read the full details from the proposal. This *IS* a revenue tax.

Star Tribune, or any other MN-based company that sells advertising services to another MN-based company, will pay 5.5% of that amount in sales tax. In other words, selling $100 worth of advertising will result in $5.50 owed to the state of MN.

Many businesses affected by this sales tax extension will simply pass this cost to the customer, whether it's a consumer or another business. They will be...

Posted on 02/22/13 at 03:05 pm in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

This statement is NOT correct:

"This is a 5.5% tax on some expenses, not gross revenue"

This *IS* a gross revenue tax of 5.5% for companies who sell services. If Star Tribune sells $100 of advertising, they owe the State of MN $5.50. If they can't pass the cost on to the advertiser (which, in the case of advertising services is not feasible), then the $5.50 comes out of their profits. If their profit margin is 10%, they're losing more than half of their profit to this tax....

Posted on 02/22/13 at 03:09 pm in response to Star Tribune CEO fights Dayton's business sales tax

Did you pass the cost of the tax on to your customers, or did you pay for it out of your profits?