Minnesota hits the national news today with the FBI raids on three money-transfer services in Minneapolis where money is being sent to Somalia and other African nations.
Then there was this story in the WSJ about our impending tax hikes.
At least 10 states are considering some kind of major increase in sales or income taxes: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. California and New York lawmakers already have agreed on multibillion-dollar tax increases that went into effect earlier this year.
Al Franken isn't the only embarassing thing about our state. According to non-partisan Tax Foundation we have the 41st worst business climate in the country (Oh, but we're so "educated"!) the 12th highest state/local income tax burden at 10.1% (I mean for those people who pay taxes) and the 3rd highest corporate income tax rate. It's becoming a true liberal paradise with out-of-control, unchecked entitlement spending that nobody seems to be willing to target and cut. Nope-- can't do that. Can't say to people "we don't have the money to give to you for free, we don't have it, we're sorry". More "revenue" is the DFL answer. It's ALWAYS their answer. What would these same Democrats do with their own household budgets to raise revenue? They'd have to work- that's what. But they don't have to work- they only need to steal from those who do.
The pounding of the nails in the coffin is starting to echo in my ears.