Author Archives: Bruce Vogel

Tax the middle class

“Under the House Democrat Tax bill, 60 percent of people in the middle income tax bracket will see an income tax increase.” And this is from the party that campaigned on helping the middle class. When all is said and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Surly Brewing Speaks out on tax

  Surly Brewing Company released a statement opposing the House Democrats’ plan to raise beer excise taxes by 600%. What do you think? “At Surly, as we continue to expand, we will …soon outgrow Minnesota’s small brewer excise tax exemption. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

30 Days of Wasteful Spending

30 Days of Waste | DAY THIRTEEN | $6,500,000 for Ice Arena Upkeep.  Now is not the time to pack on “pork”  

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

30 Days of Wasteful Spending!

Flushing away your tax dollars: $300,000 for a boat-landing bathroom. 30 Days of Waste | DAY ELEVEN | $300,000 for a boat-landing bathroom.  

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Democrats cut Senior Care

Today on the floor, our Representatives took up the Democrats’ Health and Human Services (HHS) bill. Even with $3 billion in new taxes and fees, Democrats are cutting HHS by $150 million. Rural nursing homes and all hospital patients will … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Schools Receive Payment

I heard Speaker Thissen, on the radio this morning, talking about paying back the school shift. I find it interesting, but no surprise, that he said nothing about the payment that was just made to the schools on Dec. 28. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

100 Facts…100 Days: Sick Tax Repeal

Minnesota Legislature Repeals Sick Tax The 2 percent “sick tax” is being eliminated through legislation Republicans led to enactment in 2011 (H.F. 25). Minnesotans have paid this tax on medical care the last 20 years. It hits low-income earners the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

100 Days…100 Facts: State Support for Education

When it comes to funding education, Minnesota goes to the head of the class. Nearly 2/3 of K-12 funding in Minnesota comes from the state, while only 29% comes from local revenue. In Minnesota, the state funds 65% of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

100 Days…100 Facts: Veterans Tax Credit Suffers Dayton Veto

Veterans Tax Credit Suffers Dayton Veto In 2012, Republicans made an effort to partner with Governor Dayton on reducing unemployment among veterans. The Minnesota National Guard reported that 22 percent of veterans returning from Kuwait are unemployed, a number everyone … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

100 Days…100 Facts: Safe Harbors Protects Sexually Exploited Youth

Safe Harbors Treat Child Victims of Prostitution as Victims, Not Criminals The average age of a girl’s entry into prostitution/sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old. In the month of August 2010 alone, 124 girls were sole on the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment