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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Truth in taxation

Governor Pawlenty gave up on the turbocharged Truth in Taxation for school levies, but he is pushing ahead on the idea for local government levies. Or, should I say, he's pushing behind, far, far, far behind. He is trying to take us back to the 18th century, when only property owners had any say in this pseudo-democracy. See, according to his proposal, only property owners would be able to object to tax increases. And a property owner would have as many votes as they have parcels of land. So a landlord with five apartments could have five votes, the hundred tenants in his buildings: zero.

Well, at least we know his stand on progress.


At 4:13 AM, March 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "ethics slam" on Durenberger involved supporters buying a few hundred copies of his book as a way of getting around caps on speaking fees;
there was also some dodgy little thing that didn't amount to a hill of beans concerning the allocation of costs relating to his downtown Minneapolis condo. I think they may have been calling it an office expense, and there was some controversy about the date of a deed.

Granted, neither reflected well, but the real story was that the issue was simply used as a lever by the newly powerful Newt Gingrich /"Christian" wingnut right bunch to force every other politician to fear their strength.

Apply the same standards to the current leadership, and every one of them would be in the Texas equivalent of a monastery, guiding tours at the Crystal Cathedral.

Dave Porter


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