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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'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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Will MN Business Climate Deter Amazon?

Minnesota has its eye set on becoming home to Amazon’s second corporate headquarters and efforts to lure the online retail giant seem to be picking up steam, according to a recent Star Tribune article. But many cities across the country are competing to match Amazon’s wish list and can outshine the North Star State on certain criteria. If Minnesota is serious about convincing Amazon to build here, the state needs to get serious about Amazon’s preference for a “stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure” because when it comes to taxes, Minnesota isn’t very nice....

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The NFL would find it easier to tell politicians to mind their own business if they weren’t taking cash from them

When President Trump says NFL teams should fire kneeling players, the teams respond by saying that they are private enterprises. But if they want to be treated like private enterprises they should act like them. A first step would be to stop asking taxpayers for handouts. ...

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