Tim Kelly, our state representative, has asked us to stand up and make our voices heard. Here is one voice:
Mr. Kelly, since we had ill advised tax cuts and tax rebates in the Ventura and Pawlenty years and then a serious economic crisis, isn't it logical that we try to correct the resulting budget mess with modest tax increases now? When would you suggest we repay our borrowing from school designated funds? What is your plan to fix this problem?
We can understand that tax reform is complicated and our law makers are likely to disagree on many details. Isn't it a good idea for our representatives to consider a number of proposals and debate them freely in open sessions? Aren't we likely to get a better and fairer bill at the end? Our leaders in the majority party have promised us a bill that will pass both houses. I would have appreciated more legislative independence from the party in control during the Pawlenty edicts on no new taxes.
Mr. Kelly, are you absolutely sure that all Minnesotans will pay higher taxes? What about the elderly couple living on a fixed income that may get some property tax relief? If we want to enjoy a cigarette, a night out at a local bar, or buy a Viking sweat shirt and pay a little more tax as a result, what's bad about that? These are all choices we don't have to make. Tax fairness is a tough issue! Our law makers are working hard to find a good fit on taxes. Let's support them.
In conclusion, Mr. Kelly says, "the final tax and spend decisions will be completed, and unless things change, you're not going to like them." Didn't we just vote for change? I believe the majority of Minnesotans voted to maintain and enhance our quality of life. Will these tax reforms be popular for most Minnesota voters? Only time will tell, as they take effect, in the years ahead.
Mr. Kelly provides us a lot of criticism about a very complicated problem without offering any positive alternatives of his own. He even tells us what we are supposed to believe! Do we deserve better from our elected representative? Yes, I think we do.