What a drama queen. He thinks he can tax and spend his way to the promised land. Note the use of the weasel word, “fair.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton reaffirmed his commitment to raising income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners in strong terms Wednesday, as the Republican-controlled Legislature heads toward a midterm election that will shape the second half of his first term.
The Democratic governor told a University of Minnesota audience in Minneapolis that the anti-tax mantra threatens to undo the state and nation. He said tax cuts have contributed to the national debt and made Minnesota lawmakers turn to budget-balancing “gimmicks” such as borrowing from schools and future tobacco settlement payments.
“This unwillingness to pay taxes, and seeing it as a threat to our freedom and our liberty and our way of life, to me, it’s just — it’s going to be the death of this country if it’s not corrected,” Dayton said.
Dayton, who won’t face voters until 2014, said he will release a broader plan to overhaul Minnesota’s tax system in December, after the election, so it doesn’t get “mired” in election politics. Dayton said his aim is a fairer tax system.