Category Archives: Minnesota Budget

MN Lawmakers Can’t Agree If Homestead Tax Credit Worked

Representative Ann Lenczewski and Representative Pat Garofalo had an exchange about whether the Homestead Tax Credit eliminated by Republicans last year actually worked or was an ineffective program.

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MN Legislature – 2012 Session Preview (Kurt Zellers)

Nice session preview from Representative Kurt Zellers (R)

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MN Legislature – 2012 Session Preview (Paul Thissen)

Nice session preview from Representative Paul Thissen (DFL)  

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I’ve Been Rubbed The Wrong Way! GROSS!

Local layabout and conservative talking point regurgitator, Gary Gross, announced in a post earlier today that I had been rubbed (and apparently not in a good way). I had been rubbed, according to Gross, in a very wrong way by one Pat Garofalo. Far be it from me to argue with these Gross assumptions of rubbing (whether the right or wrong way) but let’s clear up a couple things. First, Gross asserts that I was rubbed so hard as to become just a little too dramatic: That’s quite the dramatic reaction for something that seems so sensible. There’s nothing radical about wanting as many people voting on important issues as possible, especially on votes that potentially affect their property taxes. That’s weird, I was not … Continue reading

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Pat Garofalo Steals From Schools Then Demands They Stop Finding New Money

Pat Garofalo, Republican chairman of the Education Finance Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives was one of the architects of the school shift that stole money from local school districts so that his caucus could avoid raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. Now, over 1/3 of school districts are asking their local communities to renew or add levies to pay for the stolen funds and decade long flat funding. In swoops Garofalo to cry FOUL! How dare these districts try to recoup some of the funds lost or stolen. His method of punishment? Restricting local districts ability to levy money from their local community: St. Paul, Minn. — State Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, says schools should only hold levy votes in even-numbered years, when … Continue reading

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