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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan


Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large, destructive tax hike that Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed. NFIB strongly opposed the Dayton plan during the 2011 session and testified against it several times in House and Senate tax committees.

"Minnesota already has a high tax structure and the last thing we need to do is dramatically increase it," said Mike Hickey, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. "The governor's proposal would make Minnesota even more uncompetitive than we already are."

"Governor Dayton's tax plan sends a very negative signal to successful entrepreneurs and investors in and out of our state who are considering investing here," said Hickey. The governor's tax plan would raise Minnesota's top rate to 10.95 percent from its current 7.85 percent-a 39-percent increase that would give Minnesota the second highest top income tax rate in the country, just a fraction behind Hawaii's and Oregon's which currently have an 11-percent top rate.

Hickey noted that if the increase was enacted, the top capital gains rate would also likely increase to 10.95 percent where applicable also sending a very negative signal to investors, especially out-of-state ones who might be considering opportunities in Minnesota. "From the out of state investor perspective, they could get stuck paying either one of these very high rates and it is a big negative." Hickey noted Minnesota investors would also feel the sting of the high capital gains rate which would creep up close to the federal rate of 15 percent.

If the governor's plan were enacted, 47 other states would have a lower top income tax rate and capital gains rate. Nine states don't tax income or capital gains at all. "Minnesota cannot afford to be this uncompetitive, and we strongly urge legislators in both parties to reject the governor's tax plan," implored Hickey.

"Minnesota has been running a structural deficit for 10 years now," said Hickey, "and the Legislature just increased state spending another 6 percent ($2 billion). In our view, that is enough. State government needs to learn to live within existing resources.

Hickey said NFIB members are the most income-tax-affected group in the state, because the vast majority of them pay th .....
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Minnesota cannot rely on policies of the past

Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Minnesota cannot rely

on policies of the past



TO THE EDITOR:



When most of us don't complete a task, or believe we don't have it just right, we put in a little overtime. It is no different at the State Le ..... 
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TILLWATER TEENS AGAIN WIN TRAFFIC SAFETY TV CONTEST

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - For a second year, teenage students from Stillwater Area High School won the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)-AAA Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. Minnesotans can view the winning spot, "F ..... 
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nemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

State loses 5,200 jobs in April

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ..... 
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Mn/DOT to repair pavement cracks on nine highways in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews make pavement repairs on various highways in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties beginning Monday, May 16. Flaggers will control traffic dur ..... 
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3M Company Named Finalist for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ARLINGTON, Va. - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedo ..... 
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Airport Foundation MSP Announces Winners of the 2011 MSP Employee of the Year Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - This week, the Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000, along with the title "MSP Employee of the Year."
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BARDA supports first Project BioShield contract for smallpox drug

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) today announced a five-year, $433 million contract for late-stage development of an antiviral drug to treat individuals infected with smallpox. The contract with SIGA Technolo ..... 
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Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities Medical, Animal Behavior, Insurance Communities, Promote Dog Bite Prevention Week

Thu, May 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





HOUSTON - The Postal Service released statistics today highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010. Nationwide last year, 5,669 postal employees ..... 
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