Perhaps by coming together on the CCAP fraud issue, lawmakers can begin to plan for a complete overhaul of Minnesota’s generous and infamous welfare system. What other programs are being ripped off? Welfare fraud is nothing new in Minnesota and began long before Somali refugees started arriving in the 1990’s. Any major overhaul will require the support of Governor Walz to be successful. Perhaps the federal government could get the governor’s attention.
- The timing couldn’t be more unfortunate for DFLers. Days before the April 15 tax filing deadline, the DFL has unveiled massive tax increases that will hit every Minnesotans. Media attention has largely focused on the $1.2 billion net increase over the next biennium in the tax bill H.F. 2125. But Republicans are quick to point to a $12 billion increase in taxes that’s inside Gov. Walz’s budget blueprint over the next four years. The hikes include extension of the $2.5 billion health care provider tax (aka sick tax), a 20 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax and a...
Pension Omnibus Bill Increases General Fund Contributions to City of Minneapolis; Makes Bailout to Local Government Fund PermanentThe 2018 bill was supposed to immediately and miraculously drop the unfunded liability by billions while lowering the assumed rate of return and solve the funding crisis “for the next 30 years.” The problem is that lawmakers reached a political compromise, which is what elected officials do, but pensions are a mathematical and actuarial puzzle that is immune to political fixes.