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The federal government should help rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. It should not bail it out of its longstanding fiscal crisis

The federal government is planning a disaster aid package that includes money for Puerto Rico to deal with "rebuilding, repair, debris removal, getting the electric grid up, getting the water back running and so forth." So it should. But Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis long pre-dates Hurricane Maria, and for the fiscal health of the federal government and the states of the union, that is all it should do. ...

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Minnesota Ranked Second Least Tax-Friendly State in U.S.

[caption id="attachment_7880" align="aligncenter" width="300"]                            Click to enlarge[/caption] More proof of Minnesota's status as one of the highest taxed states in the country--not that we needed  any. Minnesota comes in as the second least tax-friendly state in Kiplinger's latest annual rankings. On the bright side, Minnesota still hasn't hit rock bottom with Maryland holding down that position. But the Fargo Forum wasted no time pointing out that North Dakota came in at the opposite end of Kiplinger's spectrum. North Dakota has been named the No. 6 most tax-friendly state in Kiplinger.com's annual...

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By fighting the removal of the state and local tax deduction, Minnesota Democrats show that tax rates do matter

The fuss about the SALT deduction shows what Minnesota's Congressional Democrats really think. Talking about yanking up tax rates on the rich is one thing. Actually paying them is another. Actions speak louder than words, and in their defense of SALT Minnesota's Congressional Democrats are saying loud and clear "No new tax"....

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