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Farms Use Boatloads of Energy

The article below is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Today in Energy series. It was published in October of 2014, but it reinforces the points I made earlier this week about how higher gas taxes will disproportionately hurt rural Minnesotans. The second graph in this post is especially interesting because it shows that diesel fuel, is the largest energy source used in agriculture because it works. Admittedly, I am not certain if the proposed fuel-tax increase would increase the taxes for off-road diesel, but this is something agriculture interest should pay close attention to. If raising the gas tax is needed for...

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Gas Tax Issue Illustrates Rural, Urban Divide

The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lenfestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy. While it is admirable that the author wants to be sensitive to the needs of rural Minnesotans, the editorial further illustrates how people living in the metro area have scant idea how the policies they advocate harm those living outside of it....

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Minnesota has high business taxes which research shows hurt our economy. Will Gov. Walz raise them?

New research shows that higher state business and personal tax rates mean fewer businesses, less employment, and reduced capital investment. Minnesota has the fourth highest top marginal individual income tax rate in the country and the third highest corporate income tax rate, which might explain why our state lags the national average in new business formation, job creation, and capital per worker. Gov. Walz must commit to not hike business taxes even further. ...

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Research shows that higher state business and personal tax rates mean fewer businesses, less employment, and reduced capital investment

Minnesota is one of the highest taxed states in America with the fourth highest top marginal individual income tax rate and the third highest corporate income tax rate. Our state lags the national average in new business formation, job creation, and capital per worker. New research suggests that these two phenomena are causally linked. ...

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